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Republicans Claim To Have 'Repealed Obamacare' -- Except They Didn't

Newscom / Chip Somodevilla

Because they forgot about that part of the Constitution where bills can't become laws if the Senate doesn't do anything. And the Senate hasn't done anything. Fail.

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House Republicans, you may recall, have pledged to cite the constitutional basis for all of their legislative initiatives in the text of their own bills. They're 0-for-2 on that score. The health care law was introduced without a citation of constitutional authority. And their other accomplishment -- a bill to reduce printing waste on Capitol Hill -- cited Article 1, Section 5, which holds that "Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings."

Except as David Waldman notes, the bill isn't a rule change. It's statutory.

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