1:50 PM, Nov 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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.
"The president should heed his own advice..."12:46 PM, Nov 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Fred Upton, the Energy and Commerce chairman and author of the "Keep Your Health Plan Act," spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives Friday morning, ahead of the vote on the bill. Here's an excerpt:
9:23 PM, Nov 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House this evening released a veto threat of the bill, "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013." The bill is expected to be voted upon tomorrow in the House of Representatives.
5:52 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By JAMES C. CAPRETTA
The full reality of what Obamacare will mean for average Americans is only now becoming clear as the crisis over cancelled insurance plans in the individual market has steadily unfolded in recent days.
7:27 AM, Oct 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night, Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced the "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013." The goal is simple: To allow people who like their health care plans to keep them for the next year under Obamacare.
A volatile mix.Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04 • By DAVE JUDAY
Just before the August congressional recess the House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a press release on its progress in reviewing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the nation’s biofuels policy. Since 2005 the RFS has established an annual mandate for the amount of renewable biofuels that must be used in America’s fuel supply. The August press release promised more “bipartisan collaboration” through the recess and included an eight-sentence joint statement from Fred Upton, the Republican chairman, and Henry Waxman, the ranking Democrat.
9:22 AM, Dec 15, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Two members of Congress sent a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson over her use of the alias "Richard Windsor." The congressmen, Fred Upton and Cliff Stearns, want Jackson to explain her actions.
11:47 AM, Aug 10, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House speaker John Boehner has chosen Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas to be co-chair of the joint select committee on deficit reduction, or the so-called supercommittee. Reps. Dave Camp and Fred Upton, both of Michigan, were also selected by Boehner to represent the House Republicans on the supercommittee. Meanwhile, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has chosen fellow senators Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Rob Portman of Ohio as the GOP Senate representatives.
9:01 AM, Jun 22, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Last week, Texas lawmakers passed a bill that allows Texas-made incandescent lightbulbs to be sold within the state, sidestepping the effective ban Congress's Energy Independence and Security Act placed on standard bulbs, which requires producers to sell more energy efficient light sources. But for all other states, under the federal law, general use incandescent lightbulbs will be phased out of the market by 2012.
2:03 PM, May 4, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the House of Representatives voted yesterday to repeal mandatory federal funding to states to establish Obamacare exchanges. The Inquirer writes:
Leading pro-life group points out Upton has voted to keep taxpayer-money flowing to Planned Parenthood.12:15 PM, Nov 19, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Republican congressman Fred Upton of Michigan is angling for the chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and in so doing has taken to calling himself a "pro-lifer." But Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee writes in a letter to the House Republican Steering Committee that "regrettably, this self-characterization in many respects cannot be squared with the record."
12:00 AM, Nov 16, 2010 • By FRED BARNES
Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, the favorite to be the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has come under attack by some conservatives as a mushy RINO (Republican In Name Only). But take a look at what his agenda as chairman would be. It’s anything but what a RINO would propose.
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