GOP Has Tools to Force Senate Vote on Repeal

While the health care repeal that the House passed Wednesday has little chance of passage in the Senate, Republicans will probably succeed in eventually forcing a vote on the measure — albeit with at least a 60-vote threshold.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who controls the Senate floor schedule, has said he will not bring the repeal up. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged to force consideration of the bill.

“The Democratic leadership in the Senate doesn’t want to vote on this bill. But I assure you, we will,” said McConnell in a statement.

National Journal
1/20/10