WASHINGTON -- House Republicans plan a 40th attempt at repealing Obamacare next week, with legislation that would block the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing or implementing any portion of the health care reform law.
House Republicans have scheduled a vote next Friday on Rep. Tom Price's (R-Ga.) Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013.
"Public distrust continues of agency that has dozens of powers under Obamacare, and whose actions President Obama has called outrageous," said Doug Heye, spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). "As an ever increasing number of Americans -- including labor unions and moderate Democrats -- worry that Obamacare has become a nightmare, it is critical to prevent the IRS from implementing any portion of the law."
Both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) issued statements Friday afternoon blasting Republicans for the anticipated vote.
"It is only fitting that Republicans would waste the last week at work this summer voting for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act and continue their record of no jobs bills, no budget agreement, and no solutions for the middle class," said Pelosi.
"Every day wasted on yet another repeal bill that will never be taken up by the Senate, much less survive a presidential veto, is another day that could have been spent advancing legislation to create jobs for the middle class, negotiating a balanced and bipartisan approach to deficits that can end the painful budget sequester, or debating a path forward on immigration reform," added Hoyer.
Price's bill isn't an explicit vote to fully repeal Obamacare, but it would have the same effect, crippling President Barack Obama's signature law. The IRS is responsible for crucial elements of Obamacare, such as distributing the