House Republicans said Tuesday that they are pushing their own bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling rather than take up a Senate compromise measure which they say does not do enough to curb “Obamacare.”
But South Carolina’s lone Democratic member of Congress wondered aloud if Republicans had the 217 votes to pass their version of a compromise measure. If not, 6th District Congressman Jim Clyburn says he knows where they won’t find them.
“Will they have to come to Democrats to get some of those votes? If so, I don’t know of any Democrat that is going to vote to undercut the Affordable Care Act at this point,” Clyburn told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on Tuesday.
The House GOP plan would add a two-year repeal of the medical device tax and include a provision eliminating the employer health-care contribution for members of Congress and White House officials.
Clyburn says that Republicans finally need to accept the fact that the Affordable Care Act is now the law of the land.
“That’s been vetted by the American people last November,” he said. “It’s been approved and signed by the President, and named constitutional by the Supreme Court. We ought to get away from that.”
Like the Senate bill, the House measure would immediately reopen the government and fund it through Jan. 15. Both measures would also raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, giving the government the immediate borrowing authority it needs to avoid reaching its limit on Thursday.