By a 251-174 vote on Wednesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2668, the Fairness for American Families Act, a bill authored by Rep. Todd Young (R-IN9) to delay Obamcare's individual mandate for one year. Additionally, by a 264-161 margin, the House also passed Rep. Tim Griffin's (R-AR2) H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, to delay the employer mandate--a move already tried unilaterally by President Obama.
After the votes, Rep. Young released the following statement:
"Today's votes make a simple statement: In a government of the people, by the people and for the people, all citizens should be treated fairly. President Obama's attempt to grant relief from the employer tax provisions only to big businesses does not meet that standard of fairness, so the House has passed legislation that gives hardworking Americans and their families the same sort of relief from the individual tax. It is a privilege for me to have introduced this bill on behalf of individuals all across the country, and I hope the Senate follows our lead in granting fairness for all."
After passage, the bills were combined and will be sent to the Senate as a single measure.