Updated 4:31 p.m. Eastern Time
Every Republican in the Senate has now agreed to cosponsor Senator Jim DeMint's (R-SC) bill to repeal the sweeping health care reform bill signed into law last March, CBS News has confirmed.
DeMint's office said Monday morning that it did not yet have the support of Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa). By the end of the day, all four had signed on as cosponsors.
The GOP-led House. The vote was seen as largely symbolic, however, since the measure was given little chance to get through the Democrat-led Senate.
Though Tea Party-aligned DeMint has gotten every Republican to sign onto his effort, he stills lack a majority in the Senate - let alone the 60-vote supermajority necessary to overcome a filibuster. Even if DeMint were to win over ten of the Democrats - an extremely unlikely proposition - he would still not have enough votes to break a filibuster. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is under no obligation to introduce the measure.
A January 20th CBS News poll found that 40 percent of Americans, down slightly from November. A larger percentage - 48 percent - want to keep it. In addition, for Congress to focus on. Forty-three percent said jobs.
But support for repeal remains strong among Republicans, 73 percent of whom favor repeal, and GOP lawmakers campaigned in the midterm elections on a vow to "repeal and replace" the law.