Image Caption: House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (C) (R-TX) chairs a meeting of the House Rules Committee meeting to set the rules for debate and amendments on H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act. (March 21, 2017 – Source: Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America)
WASHINGTON D.C. (March 22) — At his daily White House Press Briefing today, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the President was still confident that the American Health Care Act will pass the US House of Representatives on Thursday. This came despite the growing number of representatives saying that they will vote against the bill, which is designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act of 2009.
“Member by member we’re seeing tremendous support flow in our direction, and the count keeps getting stronger for us.” Spicer said. “So I’m not going to start to get into yes or nos. But I would just say that former Congressman Mulvaney, now Director of OMB Mulvaney, who is a leader in that caucus, has been a very strong advocate of this policy. As you know, he’s been up on the Hill talking to his former colleagues, assuring them of the effort and why the process has to go the way it does.
“But I’m optimistic in the sense of what we’re seeing and the trajectory that this is going, and the number of votes that are flowing our way, not the other way.”
The vote, which is expected to come on Thursday, is looking like a possible defeat for the President, as it will need 216 votes in support in order for it to pass. The current whip count according to Decision Desk HQ, says that 30 House Republicans have said that they will vote against it, in addition to all Democrats. In order for it to pass, Republicans can afford to lose no more than 22 of their members.
If the measure passes, it will move on to the Senate, where it is again expected to face some stiff challenges from Senate Republicans.