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Fera Dayani, California Democratic Party
On Wednesday July 11th House Republicans will vote for the 31st time to repeal/defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote is largely symbolic and is primarily staged to please the GOP’s no-compromise Tea Party base.
Among California’s current Republican Representatives, Dan Lungren, Mary Bono Mack, Jeff Denham and Brian Bilbray are all expected to vote with Speaker Boehner and the Republican leadership to overturn the historic law – even after the Republican-dominated Supreme Court upheld the law less than a month ago.
Voting 31 times for a repeal that will get nowhere is almost unheard of, however, House Republicans seem intent on continually bringing up repeal to score political points.
“House Republicans are stubbornly committed to re-litigating past political battles even as the Supreme Court and most of the electorate has moved on,” said Tenoch Flores, communications director for the California Democratic Party. “Instead of focusing on priorities like creating jobs and getting the economy back on track, Speaker Boehner and the Republicans are content to play political theater solely to please their base. If Dan Lungren, Jeff Denham, Mary Bono-Mack and Brian Bilbray want to walk the plank for the Tea Party again, we’ll be sure to remind their constituents come November.”
The Affordable Care Act repeal vote is scheduled to take place tomorrow. Even if the bill passes it’s all but certain to meet defeat in the Senate.