The Daily Caller reported this afternoon that Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is using a parliamentary trick of sorts – namely offering an amendment to the time-sensitive Senate FAA authorization bill – to force a vote on an Obamacare repeal.
The amendment will need 60 votes to get into the bill, and it’s not likely that’s going to happen. All 47 Republicans will vote for it. What’s questionable is whether any Democrats will join them. Any who do will further the momentum behind a repeal.
The following Democrats are considered possibilities, however slight, to flip to the repeal side – each of them are up for re-election in states which are either red or trending that way…
Bingaman, Jeff (D-NM): (202) 224-5521
Casey, Robert P. (D-PA): (202) 224-6324
Manchin, Joe (D-WV): (202) 224-3954
McCaskill, Claire C. (D-MO): (202) 224-6154
Nelson, Bill (D-FL): (202) 224-5274
Nelson, Ben (D-NE): (202) 224-6551
Tester, Jon (D-MT): (202) 224-2644
Webb, James H. (D-VA): (202) 224-4024
Manchin, by the way, has said he wants to “repair” Obamacare rather than repeal it after making noises to the contrary earlier…
“Sen. Manchin strongly believes that the healthcare law needs to be repaired,” communications director Emily Bittner said. “Sen. Manchin also believes that it doesn’t make common sense to throw out the good parts of this bill, so his priority is to make every effort to repair the bill before we start talking about repeal.”
A stand-alone Senate bill co-sponsored by all 47 Republicans is also in the legislative pipeline. If the GOP can’t pass an Obamacare repeal, they’ll at least put the aforementioned eight Democrats – and 15 others – on record as opposing their constituents on the most important issue of the 2012 election cycle.