U.S. House members today voted 235-192 to adopt a proposed rule that will let the new Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, go to court to defend the Affordable Care Act.
House Democrats put the ACA litigation authorization provision in Title III of House Resolution 6.
House Resolution 6 is a three-title measure that establishes the guidelines Democrats plan to use to run the House while the 116th Congress is in session. The 116th Congress came to life Jan. 3.
All 232 of the Democrats who participated voted for the provision. Republican House members voted 192-3 against the provision.
House members last week voted 234-197 to adopt Title I of House Resolution 6, and 418-12 to adopt Title II of House Resolution 6.
House Republicans today said during debate on the House floor that Title I of House Resolution 6 already includes another provision that authorizes Pelosi to intervene in ACA litigation.
“The speaker does not need to be given this authority again,” Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, said.
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., called the ACA litigation measure “a waste of time, paper and ink.”