Republicans Optimistic Of Obamacare Repeal

Republicans are increasingly optimistic they will schedule — and win — a vote in the House this week to repeal Obamacare.

President Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and his chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, predicted Monday the bill would hit the House floor before lawmakers leave town late Thursday for a weeklong recess.

Mr. Cohn said they already have enough support to win the vote, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer reeled in expectations, saying they’re getting “closer and closer every day” but are “not there yet.”

“We feel confident in the direction that this is going,” he said.

House GOP leaders hadn’t scheduled anything as of late Monday, as centrists continued to balk at changes designed to lure in conservative holdouts.

Other Republicans, exhausted by the protracted debate, say they need to act before they lose momentum from the changes. Leaving town without a repeal vote could allow opposition to harden when GOP holdouts face angry voters back home.

“The longer they wait, the harder it will become to pull the legislative trigger. If they are within earshot of 216 House votes, they remain in town to get it done,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said. “For moderate House Republicans in particular, what is tough is they are being asked to trust the legislative process at a time when the 2018 electoral landscape is giving them heartburn. And this is what is driving most of the holdup.”

Read more from Tom Howell Jr at the Washington Times

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