Nine House Democrats defected from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and voted for a Republican amendment to ensure that a Democrat bill would not hamper the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which would increase the Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) offered a motion to recommit.
Democrats defeated Walden’s motion to recommit, with 223 votes against the measure and 187 votes in favor of the motion to recommit.
Nine Democrats reportedly broke rank and voted with Republicans on the motion to recommit.
Walden, the ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, said on the House floor that Congress should adopt this measure to ensure the production of a coronavirus vaccine.