Capping a legislative work period more noted for what it failed to pass than for what it completed, the House voted for the 40th time on Friday to repeal President Barack Obama's health care reform law before heading home for a five week recess.
The GOP-controlled House voted to approve a measure to prevent the IRS from enforcing “Obamacare” in a 232-185 vote.
The legislation faces virtually no chance of advancing in the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats.
By most measures, Friday's vote marked the 40th time that Republicans have voted to gut the national health care overhaul, which was signed into law in March 2010.
The move gives House Republicans some political ammunition going into the August recess, when lawmakers typically meet with constituents and take the temperature of their home districts.
In July, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, argued that Congress should be judged by how many laws it repeals, not by how many new laws it enacts.
"We should not be judged on how many new laws we create," he said on July 21. "We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal."
Congress limps into its monthlong recess having only enacted 15 laws, putting it on pace to be one of the most unproductive sessions in history (though recent legislation regarding student loans has yet to be signed into law).
First published August 2 2013, 9:29 AM