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Obamacare replacement / defund Planned Parenthood

07/25/2017
Senate Roll Call No. 167
115th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 51-50 (see complete tally)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the massive health care restructuring law enacted in March, 2010 (Public Law 111-148) -- often referred to as "ObamaCare" -- contains multiple provisions authorizing federal subsidies for abortion, and additional provisions on which future abortion-expanding regulatory mandates may be based, as documented in materials posted here.  In addition, the law contains multiple provisions that will, if fully implemented, result in government-imposed rationing of lifesaving medical care, as documented here.   On May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives considered the American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628), a bill to repeal and replace many major portions of the Obamacare law, and to block most federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year.  National Right to Life strongly supported this legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 217-213 (see U.S. House of Representatives NRLC Scorecard for the 115th Congress, column no. 3). On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Senate voted on whether to take up H.R. 1628, which is the roll call shown here in column no. 4.   In a letter sent to senators, National Right to Life urged a "yes" vote on this "motion to proceed," and the motion prevailed, 51 to 50.  The motion to proceed was supported by 50 Republican senators and by Vice President Mike Pence (R), who cast the tie-breaking vote; it was opposed by the entire 48-member Senate Democratic caucus, and by Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak.).  May 4, 2017, Senate roll call no. 167.   [Three days later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attempted to win approval of a modified version of the bill in order to allow a House-Senate conference committee to negotiate the issue further -- but this attempt failed, 49-51, when Senator John McCain, R-Az., joined Collins, Murkowski, and all Democrats in voting against it.  That at least temporarily ended Senate action on "repeal and replace" legislation.]



Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 167
Votes For : 51
Votes Against : 50

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