Representative Allen West (R-Fla.), a Tea Party favorite, has voted against party lines by opposing a bill that would repeal a provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.
Last week, Allen was one of only four Republicans to oppose a measure that would eliminate $100 million in funding for the construction of school-based health centers, The Hill reported. Although Allen is opposed to Obamacare, he doesn’t see the logic in approving legislation if the Senate and the President are going to ultimately reject their efforts.
“He questions what the goal is of chipping away like this if it’s almost certain that the Senate is not going to take it up,” said Angela Sachitano, a spokesperson for West, quoted by the news source.
However, on May 3, West voted in favor of a bill that would strip funding for the State-based insurance exchanges that were created by Obamacare. According to the media outlet, Sachitano would not clarify why West supported one repeal vote but not the other.
According to the National Journal, the Congressional Budget Office said that the legislation to eliminate spending on State exchanges, if signed into law, would reduce the national deficit by about $14 billion.
White House officials have indicated that Obama would veto the bill if it passed the Senate, which is unlikely.