(Originally published in Politico, Nov. 5, 2013) Senate Democrats have made an offer for Sen. David Vitter: You can have a vote on your health care amendment, but you have to live with the outcome.
The idea is to get the issue out of the way once and for all, so Vitter doesn’t continuously push for a vote on virtually every bill that comes to the floor, according to several people familiar with the matter. The Vitter plan — which would kill federal dollars to help pay for lawmakers’ and their aides’ Obamacare coverage — has become a major sticking point as the Louisiana Republican has demanded a vote.
It’s unlikely that Vitter would go along with this approach, and senior Democratic aides didn’t think it would come up for a vote during the debate over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a gay-rights bill the Senate is poised to take up this week.
A Vitter aide said the senator will not agree to the request from Senate Democrats that he not bring up his amendment again during this Congress.