Today didn’t go well for President Trump and Speaker Ryan. Struggling to get the 216 votes needed to pass the American HealthCare Act, House GOP leaders have decided to delay the vote set for this evening.
Also announced is a closed-door House GOP conference meeting for 7 p.m. tonight.
The day appeared to fall apart for the bill when members of the Freedom Caucus said a deal could not be made after meeting with President Trump.
Had President Trump received the needed votes, the bill would have gone to the floor today, which so happens to be the seventh anniversary of ObamaCare becoming a law.
The bill is not dead. The president and Rep. Ryan will continue to negotiate with the GOP members who are resisting the bill. A vote will happen tomorrow morning, reported Reuters.
The chairman of the Freedom Caucus told reporters that the debate will continue in good faith. He said he did not get enough GOP members to say yes, but that progress is being made. Focused on finding a workable solution, caucus chairman Rep. Meadows said the president is determined to solve the problem of healthcare and get a bill done.
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AP: Freedom Caucus say “no deal” on health bill