WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) praised the U.S. House of Representatives’ bipartisan vote to repeal the “Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act” (CLASS Act) yesterday and he called on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) to allow for a similar vote in the Senate immediately.

The CLASS Act, an unfunded entitlement program that was included in President Barack Obama’s costly health care law, would add to the nation’s growing budget deficit and has been soundly rejected by members of both parties. During a Senate hearing last year, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted that the CLASS Act is “totally unsustainable.”

Blunt is a cosponsor of U.S. Senator John Thune’s (S.D.) “Repeal the CLASS Entitlement Act” bill, which has 42 cosponsors. Thune offered a similar amendment that received bipartisan support to strip the CLASS Act during the Senate’s health care debate in December 2009.

“Once again, my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have rejected a flawed component of President Obama’s health care bill, sending another clear signal that we need to repeal this costly law and replace it with commonsense bipartisan solutions,” said Blunt. “This is a step in the right direction, and I hope Majority Leader Reid will allow a similar vote on Senator Thune’s CLASS Act repeal bill in the Senate immediately.”

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