Obamacare takes center stage as Supreme Court fight heats up, Democrats ramp up tactics to squeeze Republicans


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday continued his aggressive use of procedural tactics to squeeze vulnerable Republicans as the fight over the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett gets underway, this time setting up a Thursday procedural vote on a bill to bar the Department of Justice (DOJ) from arguing against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Supreme Court next month.

Schumer, D-N.Y., with no Republicans on the floor to object to the move, filed cloture on the legislation. Normally it is only the majority leader who files cloture but Schumer has in recent days been using Senate procedure to put as much pressure on Republicans as possible over the Barrett nomination, which Democrats say puts the ACA in danger due to previous comments she made about the law before being confirmed to the federal bench.

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