House and Senate Take Initial Step Towards Repealing Obamacare
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed S.Con.Res.3, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government. This bill does not alter the language to the Affordable Care Act in any way, but is a necessary step that will make it easier for Congress to repeal and replace the ACA in the coming weeks. The bill offers reconciliation instructions that expedite legislative procedures to allow Republicans to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate and only requires a simple majority of 51 votes to pass repeal legislation – where Republicans currently hold 52 seats.
LaMalfa said: “After the Senate stayed up late to pass this legislation on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, I was glad to join them on Friday along with my Republican colleagues in the House. We’ve talked about repealing Obamacare for years, and for good reason. The law has been a disaster for American families – leading to skyrocketing premiums, reduced health care options, and stifled economic opportunity for millions of Americans. All while being plagued by gross mismanagement that has led to billions of dollars down the drain. Now, Congress has the opportunity to repeal this law and replace it with something better – something that works for all Americans and returns decision-making to the patient.”
S.Con.Res.3 passed the Senate on Thursday morning by a margin of 51-48, and today passed the House by a margin of 227-198.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District including, Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.