‘You Pass It There, We’ll Pass It Here’: Ryan Promises To Shepherd Graham-Cassidy Bill Through House
Despite having passed their version with just a single vote to spare, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Republican House leaders are optimistic that if the bill gets to them, they'll get members to fall in line.
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White House, Republican Leaders Join New Push For Obamacare Repeal As Bipartisan Effort Falters
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) made clear earlier Tuesday that House Republicans would not support the bipartisan Senate effort, further narrowing the options for those hoping for an alternative to the Graham-Cassidy bill. Ryan said the House instead was ready to approve the Cassidy-Graham bill. “He told me, ‘You pass it there, we’ll pass it here,’” said Graham, recounting a phone call with the speaker. (Levey and Mascaro, 9/19)
House GOP Under Pressure If Senate Passes Repeal
Though House GOP leaders are bullish that they can pull off a repeat performance on Obamacare repeal if given the chance, they’ll have to twist a lot of arms within the ranks to get there. Some conservatives want more flexibility for governors. At the same time, vulnerable centrists from states that would be hit hardest by the Senate bill, including California and New York, could face a severe backlash from constituents. (Bade and Cheney, 9/20)