Appears that even after arm twisting and some concessions by GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump ……there isn’t enough votes to pass their Repeal /Replace legislation in the House….
As for the Senate?
At this rate it is possible that Ryan will pull the bill and move on, letting Trump have HHS head Price do whatever he can internally thru his power’s…..
House Republican leaders on Tuesday struggled to pick up votes for their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, even after President Trump visited Capitol Hill to sell the plan.
With only a day before a scheduled vote on the House floor, the White House and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are facing an uphill fight to get the majority — 216 votes — needed to clear the lower chamber.
In a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, Trump warned that failure to pass the legislation might trigger a backlash for the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans, the president said, could lose their seats next year, give Democrats the majority and derail Trump’s ambitious 2017 agenda if they fail to fulfill their campaign promise of repealing ObamaCare, said sources in the room.
But Trump’s dire warning didn’t appear to immediately change many minds. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), whom Trump singled out during the meeting, emerged from a private meeting with Vice President Pence Tuesday afternoon, insisting that he was still opposed and that he had at least 22 votes from conservative hard-liners to defeat the bill. Following the meeting, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) also said they remain opposed.
According to The Hill’s Whip List at press time, 22 House Republicans were firm “no” votes, with six more leaning no or likely no. Many other Republicans have not said how they will vote. Should all members vote and all Democrats — as expected — vote no, 22 defections would kill the legislation. The bill is scheduled to hit the floor at some point on Thursday…..
House Democrats AND hardline Conservatives bonding together to stop their Republican House Speaker and their parties adopted President….
THIS IS GONNA HURT Republicans….(And probably make Obama and the Clinton’s smile)
Could the Freedom Caucus give cover to other Republicans to go home to their districts and say they would have voted against the bill?Share on Facebook