Just before Obama began speaking at the SOTU, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell began the legislative process of forcing the House-passed health care repeal bill to the Senate floor for a vote.
Using a particular Senate rule typically reserved for the leaders, McConnell bypassed committee action and put the bill directly before the members, even without the support of the Majority Leader who, for the most part, controls the legislative calendar. It is a procedure that takes a couple of days to ripen before any vote can occur, though even then it could be a fight.
McConnell's Democratic counterpart, Harry Reid of Nevada, has vowed that no such repeal vote will occur, but the Kentucky Republican has stuck to his guns. When asked by FoxNews if the senate will actually vote on repeal, McConnell replied "I assure you we will."
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