The House just passed the rules for the Republican bill to repeal ObamaCare, by a vote of 236 to 181, with two Republicans voting present. The rules call for seven hours of debate, no amendments and one Democratic motion to recommit the bill to committee, which typically allows the minority party to force the majority to cast an unpopular vote.
The official roll call hasn’t been posted yet, so I don’t know which Republicans voted present. Also, it isn’t clear which Democrats voted for the rule, though according to the C-Span vote screen, there were four of them.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, however, won’t allow a vote on repeal in the Senate. “The Republicans have to understand that the health care law is not going to be repealed,” he said in a press conference this morning.
UPDATE: Roll call is here. The four Democrats voting for it were: Larry Kissell, Dan Boren, Mike McIntyre and Mike Ross. The two Republicans whose vote was recorded as “present” were Mike Fitzpatrick and Pete Sessions, which was the result of their bungled swearing in.