House Speaker John Boehner, who had promised that he would stop these futile, time-wasting votes, had a novel reason for holding yet another doomed vote on Obamacare.
Weve got 70 new members who have not had an opportunity to vote on the presidents health-care law, he explained. Frankly, theyve been asking for an opportunity to vote on it.
In that case, they should have gotten themselves elected at least three years ago because the Affordable Care Act passed in March 2010. And if the opportunity to vote on all legislation is so important, there were thousands of bills introduced in the last Congress that members never got to vote on.
When the new members return to their districts, wed like to hear their explanations of why theyre wasting their time and taxpayer money on a purely symbolic and meaningless vote. The House Republican leader has them in Washington only 122 days this year.
The Congressional Budget Office, which is supposed to estimate the budgetary impact of each piece of proposed legislation, says its too busy to continue estimating the cost of a measure with a proven track record of failure. The CBOs last estimate of the budget impact of repeal, in 2012, was that it would increase the deficit by $109 billion.
The hard political facts are that the Democratic-controlled Senate wouldnt go along, and if it did, the president wouldnt sign it.
Last Thursday was the House Republicans 37th attempt to repeal President Obamas health-care reform.