(CNN) – As their final act before leaving for their August break, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted Friday to disallow the Internal Revenue Service from implementing the Affordable Care Act – their fortieth attempt to repeal or gut the law known as Obamacare.
The measure sponsored by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia passed 232-185, though like all other attempts by the GOP-led House to end the health care law, it's expected to go nowhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
The IRS, to the chagrin of many Republicans already resentful of the tax agency, has been tasked with implementing many of Obamacare's key features, including the individual mandate to obtain health insurance. GOP skepticism of the Obamacare rollout was fueled by revelations the IRS was targeting conservative groups applying for tax exempt status for extra scrutiny.
"This is not an organization, the IRS, that the American people have any confidence or trust in at this point," Price said after Friday's vote. "That trust is going to have to be rebuilt. But until it is rebuilt, the last thing that we want is the Internal Revenue Service, the last thing the American people want, is the Internal Revenue Service being able to implement and enforce Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act."
Democrats have mocked Republicans attempts to repeal Obamacare as useless, given the balance of power in the Senate and the fact Obama himself still sits in the White House.
Speaking at a press conference Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her GOP colleagues would have trouble explaining themselves to voters during the August recess.
"How do you explain to the American people that today Congress will go into an August recess and after more than six months in this Congress, this Republican Congress, we still have no jobs bill, we have no budget bill and we have the threat of shutting down government and not raising the debt ceiling without repealing the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi said.
"This was a do-nothing Congress and now it has gone to something worse. It's an aimless Congress that is falling into chaos; it's a make-matters-worse Congress. We should not leave until we address the challenges that we face," she continued.
CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.