Republican Senator Tom Cotton urged House Republicans not to vote on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s proposed Obamacare repeal bill, claiming that a vote in favor of the controversial legislation could be detrimental to the party in the 2018 midterm elections.
During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Cotton explained, “I’m afraid that if they vote for this bill, they’re going to put the House majority at risk next year.”
As justification, the Arkansas senator recalled the way in which Democrats lost control of government in 1994 after they voted in favor of then-President Bill Clinton’s proposed BTU tax. This unpopular energy tax did not end up getting through the Senate, but the impact on views of House Democrats remained.
According to Cotton, there’s certainly a lesson to be learned here and the GOP should take heed of his warning — whenever possible, avoid casting a controversial, arguably politically suicidal, vote on legislation that either the Senate or President could choose to do away with in the future.
“So, I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives with whom I serve, do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote.”
Ryan’s bill has not been uniformly accepted by Republicans. In fact, many have been critical of the bill which has jeopardized it’s ability to pass. On the other hand, however, some conservatives have called it “Obamacare lite” and have pushed to further amend the legislation to do away with the Medicaid expansion by 2018.