Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today announced they will sign discharge petitions by Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Wally Herger (R-CA) that would force votes in the House on legislation that would implement the will of the American people with respect to the president's health care law. The King discharge petition -- which repeals portions of ObamaCare -- has been filed, and the Herger petition is expected to be filed within the next month, or as soon as permitted under House rules. Boehner and Cantor issued the following statement:
"The American people asked Congress and President Obama not to pass the massive health care overhaul, and they were ignored. Three months later, they remain opposed to it, worried about the consequences it is having for job creation, the national debt, and the cost and quality of their health care. The House should immediately vote on and pass legislation that would implement the will of the American people with respect to the president's health care law.
"Republicans have planned a series of discharge petitions to force votes that would begin this process. Rep. King's petition would force a vote on his bill, which would repeal the portions of ObamaCare that originated in the Senate and clear the way for Congress to start over with better solutions, such as the common-sense health care bill House Republicans offered during the health care debate. Rep. Herger's forthcoming discharge petition would force a vote on his bill, which would repeal all of ObamaCare, including the provisions enacted through the reconciliation process, and replace it with the common-sense solutions Republicans have put forth.
"Either course of action would begin to implement the will of the people with respect to ObamaCare. Accordingly, we will be signing both discharge petitions, and encouraging our colleagues to do the same. We are committed to repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with common-sense reforms that will lower health care costs for families and small businesses, and both petitions move us closer to that goal."