GOP quick to release 'repeal' bills
House and Senate Republicans are preparing bills to repeal the health legislation approved Sunday by the House.
Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) plan bills seeking to repeal health reform as was finally passed by the House yesterday, and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) plans a similar bill in the Senate.
The bills, which are unlikely to advance, represent an effort by the GOP, less than 24 hours after Congress sent health reform to the president, to mount a campaign to repeal major elements — if not all — of that legislation.
“Today the work begins to repeal Obamacare and restore the principles of liberty that made America a great nation," King said in a statement Monday. "This fight is far from over.”
Added Bachmann: "I'm asking my colleagues to join me in repealing this monstrosity of a bill."
DeMint was quick to unveil his repeal legislation on Sunday night, releasing a .PDF file of a one-page bill that would simply strike the entirety of the bill passed yesterday from federal law.
For their parts, the heads of the GOP's campaign committees have said they plan to make repealing the bill a key part of their 2010 efforts. Democrats have said they welcome that campaign.