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

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? 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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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.