UPDATED 7:05 AM PT — Thursday, April 4, 2019
House Democrats are attempting to put more pressure on Republicans as the debate over health care reform resurfaces.
On Wednesday, the lower chamber passed a non-binding resolution, condemning the Trump administration’s push to roll back Obamacare in the courts. Lawmakers approved the measure along a 240-to-186 vote, with eight Republicans voting with Democrats.
The move comes after the Justice Department signaled support for a lawsuit, which argues the health care law is unconstitutional. However, the measure is not expected to be taken up for a vote by the Republican-controlled Senate.
“So, I made it clear to him (President Trump) we were not going to be doing that in the Senate. He did say, as he later tweeted, he accepted that, and that he would be developing a plan that he would take to the American people during the 2020 campaign and suggested that would be what he would be advocating in a second term if there were a Republican Congress. So, we don’t have a misunderstanding about that. We’ll not be doing comprehensive in the Senate.”
— Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader
On Wednesday, the president said he never intended to hold a vote on health care before 2020, and plans to campaign on the issue during his reelection bid.