The House Ways and Means Committee voted 23-13 to repeal the CLASS Act. H.R. 1173, Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act.
The vote comes after the Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement saying that the CLASS Act could not be implemented and the Congressional Budget Office issued a ruling that allowed the repeal of the act.
Republicans argued that the Act needed to be repealed, stating that if left on the books it would allow the Obama Administration to try and revive the Act and even open the White House up to lawsuits. A Congressional Research Service report states that by not implementing the CLASS Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is violating the healthcare law.
On February 1, 2012, the House of Representatives repealed the Act. It is expected that the Senate will not vote to repeal the CLASS Act as it doesn’t appear that there is enough support for the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act.