By Michael Scherer | 03/15/17 10:00:01 The House is poised to vote on a resolution Thursday that would overturn the federal court’s decision to strike down the “Buy American” provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Thursday that he plans to vote against the measure.
“We’re going to try to get a vote on this bill, and we will make sure that we pass it as quickly as we can,” Goodlatty said.
Goodlatts legislation would amend the commerce clause to require the president to provide Congress with a comprehensive plan to repeal and replace the law.
The provision was a key provision of the law that has been the subject of intense legal debate in Congress.
Goodlatte and other GOP lawmakers have expressed their opposition to the repeal of the “buy American” clause, arguing that it has hurt companies like Amazon and others that rely on American workers.
The White House and Congress have tried to convince lawmakers that the clause is a necessary provision of commerce, arguing it helps keep goods moving in and out of the country.
But critics argue that it creates a slippery slope, and that it can harm small businesses, as well as Americans with disabilities and the elderly.
In addition to Goodlattts legislation, other House Republicans have also proposed legislation that would eliminate the “subsidy” provisions in the ACA.
The legislation would also repeal the provision that allows businesses to pay for care that could not be covered by Medicare.