… as soon as tomorrow!
The momentum is really picking up to stop this law. The Republican controlled house passed H.R. 2. just a few weeks into the 112th congress. Yesterday, Federal Judge Roger Vinson became the second federal judge to rule Obamacare as unconstitutional. In the U.S. Senate, Sen Jim DeMint was able to rally all the Republican Senators to support the repeal. This is all setting the stage for a possible vote tomorrow.
Heritage Foundation explains how the procedural rules can be used to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
Once the Senate receives the bill, any Senator can use Rule 14 to object to the second reading of the bill. This procedural objection will “hold at the desk” the House-passed bill and allow the Senate to act on the full repeal measure.
Rule 14 would simply “hold the bill at the desk” it would be up to Senator Reid to schedule the vote. So fortunately, there is another rule. Rule 22 which allows “any Senator can use Rule 22 to commence debate on H.R. 2 if they have held the bill at the desk.”
Tomorrow, what will happen, as the Senate begins debating on the FAA re-authorization bill, Senator McConnell, who used rule 14 to hold the bill, will walk on the floor to offer S. 192 (senate version) as an amendment. But don’t rejoice yet, this is still an uphill battle. We still need to get 60 votes, however with two federal judges ruling the law unconstitutional, the pressure is on the democrats. What this vote will do is put every senator on record as being for or against.