Schumer vows to put a vote on the floor urging intervention in ObamaCare case ‘first thing’

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerProtecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' Sunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday pledged that Democrats in the Senate will fight "tooth and nail" against a Texas judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

"It's an awful, awful ruling. We're going to fight this, tooth and nail. And the first thing we're going to do, when we get back there in the Senate, is urge — put a vote on the floor urging an intervention in the case," Schumer said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled on Friday that the health-care law is unconstitutional because of the law's individual mandate, but lawmakers and legal experts from both parties have said they expect the ruling will be overturned.

Schumer said Sunday that he expects the ruling will be overturned and said the ruling "puts a lot of our Republicans in a box."

"On the one hand, they said they want to preserve pre-existing conditions and preserve health care. On the other hand, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE and a large number of Republicans brought this court suit," he said.

"So there are going to be a good number of Republicans who are going to really have to make a decision whether to join us in this intervention or face very severe consequences," Schumer added.