Reid Balks At McConnell’s Call To Repeal President’s Health Law

The Senate's top Democrat on Tuesday balked at calls from GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to amend an upcoming cybersecurity bill with a measure that would repeal President Obama's health care law.

The Senate’s top Democrat on Tuesday balked at calls from GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to amend an upcoming cybersecurity bill with a measure that would repeal President Obama’s health care law.

Last week, the upper chamber agreed to advanced the bill with an open amendment process. Subsequently, that agreement has lawmakers at odds over what and how many amendments to consider.

“I try to be very calm about things in life generally, but I can’t remain very calm about this,” Reid said on the floor. “I just can’t imagine what we’re talking about on the floor here. Cybersecurity is the most important issue of our time … and now we’re here being asked if we can have a vote with cybersecurity on contraception for women.”

Without any luck, McConnell has continued his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Reid argued that such an amendment would disrupt the process and is completely irrelevant to the security issues being addressed in the Cybersecurity Act.

“I don’t think women getting contraception has a thing to do with cybersecurity,” Reid said.

Benny Martinez
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