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House Passes Bill To Restore 'If You Like It You Can Keep It' Promise

1:50 PM, Nov 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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The House of Representatives voted Friday to pass a bill that would allow health insurers to continue selling plans they offered for 2013 in 2014. Fred Upton's "Keep Your Health Plan Act" received 261 aye votes, including 39 from Democrats, and 157 nay votes, including 4 Republicans.

Upton spoke on the House floor before the vote to argue for the bill's passage.

The Upton bill now moves to the Senate, where Democratic majority leader Harry Reid is unlikely to bring it to a vote. A similar bill to Upton's was offered by Democratic senator Mary Landrieu.

The White House has said that if the bill also passed the Senate, President Obama would veto it. Congress would need a two-thirds supermajority to override that veto.

Here's a list of 39 Democrats who voted for the bill, including many who face tough reelection battles in swing districts:

Barber, Barrow, Bera, Bishop (NY), Braley, Brownley, Bustos, Costa, DeFazio, DelBene, Duckworth, Enyart, Esty, Foster, Gallego, Garamendi, Garcia, Kind, Kuster, Loebsack, Maffeo, Maloney, Sean Matheson, McIntyre, McNerney, Murphy (FL), Nolen, Owens, Peter (CA), Peters (MI), Peterson, Rahall, Ruiz, Schneidier, Schrader, Shea-Porter, Sinema, Vela, Walz

Of those House members, Bruce Braley of Iowa and Gary Peters of Michigan are running for Senate in 2014.

The four Republicans who voted against the bill are Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Paul Broun of Georgia (who is running for Senate next year), Ralph Hall of Texas, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky.

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