Schumer: GOP's Healthcare Repeal Effort Will Fail

Sunday, 30 Jan 2011 12:57 PM

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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on CBS that GOP plans to repeal healthcare reform “is not going to work." He said the effort is a rush job, and if brought to the Senate floor, Democrats will require that the bill be voted on piece by piece. Speaking on “Face the Nation,” Schumer lauded Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for saying he would not bring repeal to the Senate floor.

Schumer also told host Bob Schieffer that Senate Minority Leader charles,schumer,healthcare,repealMitch McConnell “has the right to offer an amendment." But “If he does, if the Republicans offer an amendment on the floor, then we will require them to vote on the individual protections in the bill that are very popular, and that even some of the new Republican House members have said they support.

”Their repeal bill is going to be so full of holes it looks like Swiss cheese,” Schumer said. “At the end of the day their effort to repeal is not going to work at all.”

Schumer also noted that a Republican Study Committee plan to slash federal spending by $2.5 trillion over the next 10 years, largely by cutting or eliminating funding for more than 100 government entities, seemed “a little political.” The proposal did not include any cuts to defense spending.

“I'm for a strong military. I've always supported it. But everyone knows there's waste and inefficiency in the military budget,” Schumer said. “Defense Secretary Gates has proposed cutting $150 billion out of it.”

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