LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. House on Tuesday failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood.

LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. House on Tuesday failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood.


All four members of Arkansas’ House delegation voted for the override attempt, which failed in a 241-186 vote, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed.


Obama vetoed the bill Jan. 8, after it cleared the Senate and House with the support of the entire Arkansas delegation.


Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, said in a statement after Tuesday’s override vote failed, "The passage of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act marked the first time Congress used the reconciliation process since the Obama Administration did so six years ago to force Obamacare and its taxes and mandates onto us all.


"It is a shame that the president and his allies continue to live in a world of denial while ignoring the will of the electorate. House Republicans will continue to fight for fiscal discipline and relief from this train wreck of a law."


Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, said, "Tonight, the people’s House pushed back against the president’s veto of a bill that provides much needed relief from Obamacare and blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood, funds which I also voted against previously in last year’s Omnibus.


"In addition to protecting life and quality health care, voting to override his veto demonstrates our commitment to fiscal solvency, which is especially important given the Congressional Budget Office’s predictions last month that deficits are set to rise precipitously in future years and that in 10 more years, our national debt will grow from $19 to $30 trillion unless we continue to press for reform."