WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republican leaders were short of the votes needed for their health care overhaul bill hours ahead of a vote demanded by President Donald Trump.
That’s the word Friday from GOP lawmakers and congressional aides as Speaker Paul Ryan met with the president at the White House to deliver the sobering news.READ MORE: Lawsuit Alleges Low-Income Homeowners Were Manipulated Into Getting PACE Green-Energy Loans
At his Friday press briefing, White House spokesman Sean Spicer no longer expressed confidence that the upcoming House vote the American Health Care Act would pass.
Spicer said President Trump was confident that the White House has done “every single thing possible” to corral the 216 votes needed to pass legislation to repeal the Obama-era health care law.
House lawmakers and aides said the bill is short of support before the vote Trump insists be held.READ MORE: COVID: Bay Area Expert Says Michigan's Surge From UK Variant Not Likely In California
The White House says it expects that vote at 3:30 p.m., as scheduled.
Separately, Vice President Mike Pence was meeting near the Capitol with recalcitrant members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus in a last-ditch effort to secure support.
Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., told reporters, “As of right now, I’m not sure that we are across the finish line. We’ve still got three or four hours and there’s still discussions happening.”MORE NEWS: UPDATE: 2 Dead, 7 Injured, 1 Arrest In Suspected DUI Crash In Pittsburg
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