Week in Review: Stepping Towards Repeal

The U.S. House voted to repeal Obamacare.  The bipartisan vote marked a historic turnaround for Obamacare and the country as a whole.  Less than a year after signing his signature legislative accomplishment into law, President Obama was issuing a veto threat to protect it.

As Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham said, “Today’s vote is a validation for conservative activists.  They fought the conventional wisdom and pushed for straight repeal.  Now, it’s time to do the same in the Senate.”

This week’s vote was a major victory in the long battle for full repeal.  And you can be certain that Heritage Action will see it through to the very end.

But the repeal vote also highlighted another interesting dynamic – deep divisions within the House Democratic leadership.  On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) voted against his own party’s Motion to Recommit.  According to The Hill, Hoyer’s vote “shocked” his colleagues.

The Hill also explains, “A spokesman suggested, however, that the wording of the Andrews motion could be construed as supporting the repeal bill as long as the condition of lawmakers rejecting federal health coverage was met.”

Congress watchers may wonder why Hoyer was not involved in drafting the motion – he is the minority leader after all.  One thing is clear, though: there is trouble among Pelosi’s ranks.

Finally, we saw the administration try to capture the job creation narrative.  Earlier this week he announced a comprehensive review of all federal regulations.  As Heritage’s James Gattuso pointed out, this is more rhetoric than substance.  If the President were truly committed to reining in his out of control bureaucrats, he would tell the EPA to cease and desist.  Instead, he’s allowing the EPA to continue work on global warming regulations which would cripple our economy.

As if to prove the point, the President appointed the CEO of General Electric to head his new job creation council.  Jeffrey Immelt’s position as “jobs czar” is ironic, especially considering GE was a founding partner of the US Climate Action Partnership, which lobbied aggressively for a job killing cap-and-trade regime.

Takeaway of the week: it’s business as usual for the President, but the House is working hard to shake up Washington and represent the will of the American people.

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