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Legislative News for the Week of January 17, 2011
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112th United States Congress
Repeal and Replace: What is the future of Obamacare?

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  112th United States Congress



Watch Speaker of the House John Boehner accept the gavel


Republican Leadership: House

Speaker of the House: Rep. John A. Boehner (R-OH)

Majority Leader: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)

Majority Whip: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

GOP Conference Chairman: Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-OH)


Republican Leadership: Senate   

Minority Leader: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Republican Whip: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

Republican Conference Chairman: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

 Repeal and Replace:

House Republicans Vote to Repeal Obamacare!


On January 19, the United States House of Representatives voted to repeal the Obamacare bill with a vote of 245-189.  Three Democrats joined with House Republicans to vote for the repeal. 


The bill will now head to the Senate where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to block the bill from coming to a vote.


Today, the House plans to vote to instruct 4 committees to draft and move forward alternative health care legislation that will replace the Obamacare overhaul.


The House Appropriations Committee will be playing a key role in the efforts to halt the implementation of Obamacare.  The Committee controls the funding the agencies need to implement the law's requirements.


The Congressional Budget Office predicts that the federal government would need about $20 billion over 10 years to meet all of the legislation's requirements.  


Chairman Hal Rogers has said one of their first steps will be to cancel $12 billion in funding to the IRS for agents to enforce the law.


Twenty six states are currently challenging the bill in a lawsuit against the Obamacare bill.

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