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Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynSenators urge Biden to waive sanctions on India over Russian defense system purchase Bipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill Cornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP MORE (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said Thursday "there will be a vote" on a GOP bill to lower ObamaCare premiums.
Cornyn would not say whether the vote would come as an amendment to the must-pass government funding bill or as a stand-alone measure.
The vote is expected to fail in the face of Democratic opposition, but backers want a chance to put senators on record about the measure and force Democrats to vote against it.
Democrats oppose the measure primarily due to abortion restrictions on the new ObamaCare funding aimed at lowering premiums, which Republicans insisted on.
Some conservative Republicans are also sure to oppose the bill as a "bailout" of health insurance companies.
A vote also could help fulfill the commitment Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats insist budget consensus close as talks drag on Manchin backs raising debt ceiling with reconciliation if GOP balks MORE (R-Ky.) made to Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsFunding for victims of 'Havana syndrome' to be included in Pentagon bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount Emanuel defends handling of Chicago police shooting amid opposition to nomination MORE (R-Maine) to support the bill.
Democrats also have additional concerns, including that some of the new ObamaCare funds would end up triggering cuts in subsidies that help people afford insurance because of a quirk in the structure of the law.