Early Tuesday afternoon, a senior GOP House aide mapped out a short path through the House for the American Health Care Act (legislation that repeals and replaces parts of Obamacare): Due to the snowstorm on the East Coast, the Budget committee hearing would be pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday. After it passes out of the Budget committee, where two bills that already passed Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means will be stitched together, the AHCA will make one final stop at the Rules committee "early next week" where it could get some final changes before it hits the House floor.
The aide said that a formal whip count hasn't been conducted but was confident that as of Tuesday a majority of representatives still backed the bill "despite all of the really, really loud noise that they're facing right now from conservative media and mainstream media."
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"This is a plan that incorporated a lot of members' priorities, so I think that's why you're seeing them stick together," the aide told THE WEEKLY STANDARD. "Now will that shift in the next week? Maybe. I'm not predicting any vote count out of Budget, or Rules, or the floor."Read the rest of the story HERE and follow links to related stories below:
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