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A Symbolic Vote

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 9:51am

Republicans in the House of Representatives vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal President Obama's Health Care Law.

It was a symbolic vote, but in this election year, symbolism counts. “Welcome to groundhog day in the House of Representatives!” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, (D) Connecticut.

With great sound and fury, House Republicans passed a bill to repeal Obamacare. “This bill's making our economy worse, driving up the cost of healthcare and making it harder for small business to hire workers,” said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.

But Democrats control the Senate, so the House bill was dead on arrival. “Shame! You're wasting the time of the American people,” said Rep. John Dingel, (D) Michigan.

It was a show vote, but Republicans say it shows a lot.

Now it's on to the fight over extending the Bush-era tax cuts. Republicans want the across the board extension, President Obama says he'll veto. “We have a terrible economy. We need to be creating jobs. Taxing job creators is not smart,” said Rep. Eric Cantor, (R) Virginia.

Senate leaders from both parties decided against a quick up-or-down vote on the President's plan while they count heads and plot strategy.

Brian Mooar, NBC News, Washington.
 

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