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Newly Constituted House Schedules Symbolic Vote to Repeal Healthcare Law

House Republicans plan to fulfill a campaign pledge to vote to repeal the healthcare reform law next week. Incoming House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor...
January 5, 2011

House Republicans plan to fulfill a campaign pledge to vote to repeal the healthcare reform law next week. Incoming House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), said the vote is scheduled for January 12. The vote, however, will be largely symbolic. While the measure is expected to pass the House, it is going nowhere in the Senate with Democrats still in control. In addition, any repeal would face a certain veto by President Obama.

More productive tactics by House Republicans may include an effort to defund the implementation of the law going forward; attempting to slow the implementation process itself by calling multiple hearings; and trying to repeal individual components of the law. One of the components that stands the greatest chance of repeal is the requirement that businesses file a 1099 form with the IRS for any transaction of $600 or more.

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