Friday, November 15, 2013

Arizona Congressional Delegation Toes Party Line On Preliminary Vote On GOP Obamacare Alternative Bill

Arizona's Congressional delegation did not stray from party lines this morning on the vote to consider a bill to allow health insurers to renew non-conforming policies and selling them to anyone else interested (aka "The Upton Bill").  The House of Representatives voted 228-189 to bring the Upton bill to the floor this morning.

Six Democrats voted with the Republicans, but none of Arizona's five Democrats were among them.  Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) had been reported yesterday morning (by NPR) to be considering voting in favor (depending on what President Obama would propose to fix the cancellation notice problem);  however, he did not cast a vote this morning - probably because he was the ranking minority member at a hearing going on concurrently about the Department of Homeland Security's accounting systems.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD4) also did not vote this morning.

The debate on the Upton bill is proceeding at this moment (10:05am, Arizona Time), and should be going to a vote shortly.  Its chances in the Senate are iffy, and President Obama has promised to veto it if it gets to his desk.

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