(CNN) - A Democratic senator who faces a potentially tough re-election battle in a political swing state wants the Senate to approve a non-binding resolution urging the U.S. Supreme Court to decide quickly if the new health care law is constitutional.
Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, who voted for the law when it was approved last year, announced his proposal Wednesday as the Senate debated a Republican resolution to repeal the health care law, which gets mixed reviews in opinion polls. Reflecting the deep divisions over the issue, the repeal is expected to fail in the Democratic-controlled Senate but it easily passed the Republican-led House last month.
Various lower courts have issued competing rulings about the law – in particular, whether its requirement that people buy health insurance violates the Constitution. It is expected the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case at some point.
"Why don't we expedite that?" Nelson asked on the Senate floor Wednesday. "Why don't we express our intent to have an expedited review by the Supreme Court?"
"Its passage might prevent people from arguing back and forth over this law for the next several years and everybody in this country that's going to be affected would have an answer and they deserve an answer," Nelson said.
If the court upholds the law, it could provide political cover for Nelson against critics of the law in his state as he seeks a third term next year.
It couldn't be determined if Senate Democratic leaders would schedule a vote on the resolution.