Friday, March 24, 2017

House Republicans were short of votes so had to withdraw the health care bill

Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill, short of votes and  avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after PresidentTrump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to House Speaker Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

A day earlier, President Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues.

Well there goes the House in 2018.

GOP short of votes on health care bill as deadline looms

House Republicans on Friday appeared to be short of the votes they need to pass a Donald Trump-pushed bill to overhaul the nation’s health care system mere hours before they were scheduled to vote on the package.

The Associated Press reported early Friday afternoon that the bill had yet to obtain enough votes to pass, according to House lawmakers and staffers, with a vote scheduled for 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left the Capitol for the White House to brief Trump on his progress whipping votes for the American Health Care Act, which would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a Republican alternative that the House caucus’ conservative and moderate wings have objected to.


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