All GOP senators now on board for Obamacare repeal

All 47 Republican Senators now support S.192, a bill to repeal ObamaCare. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced the bill last Wednesday. The Senate bill mirrors the repeal legislation passed by the House earlier this month.

The following GOP senators were the last ones to sign on as co-sponsors of S. 192: Lamar Alexander (TN), Thad Cochran (MS), Susan Collins (ME), Chuck Grassley (IA), John Hoeven (ND), Richard Lugar (IN), and Lisa Murkowski (AK). 

Certainly, Judge Vinson's ruling on Monday helped to sway some of these stragglers. Recall that in November Sen. DeMint had joined with 31 other Republican senators in an amicus brief filed in that court proceeding arguing against the constitutionality of ObamaCare.

According to Politico, a vote on S. 192 could occur as early as today via an amendment to an FAA reauthorization bill. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the amendment yesterday. Though repeal is all but certain to fail in the Senate, "it could force a tough vote on vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in 2012."

Democrats will try to foil the GOP's amendment effort via a procedural maneuver but, as Politico reports, Senate Democrats "appear resigned to the fact that they could vote on health care repeal fairly soon."

Sen. DeMint, chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, continues to fight the good fights, charging ahead on multiples fronts. He's one of four founding members of the tea party caucus in the Senate. He enthusiastically supports House conservatives' Spending Reduction Act, which would cut $2.5 trillion in non-security discretionary spending from the federal budget over ten years.

The Senator helped unveil that budget-cutting bill, which he has described as a "good start," and intends to introduce mirror legislation in the Senate. He opposes increasing the debt ceiling unless the Senate first passes a balanced budget measure. And last week, Sen. DeMint introduced a bill to protect secret-balloting by employees on the question of whether to unionize.