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Coming ’round the circle, Lindsey McPherson and Erin Mershon of Roll Call:
House Chief Deputy Whip Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina said Monday evening that Republicans are “very close” to winning the support needed to pass their health care overhaul. One place he might want to look: his own whip team. At least seven members said Monday they remain undecided.
That list includes Republican Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York, David Valadao of California, Kevin Yoder of Kansas, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, Erik Paulsen of Minnesota and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
Oh, yeah. Downhill from there.
Okay, okay, okay; here’s the next paragraph:
Some of those members, a fraction of the roughly 100-person whip team, said they would have supported the version Republicans had planned to vote on in March before leaders canceled the vote because it lacked the support to pass. A recent amendment, which Rules Committee Republicans have yet to officially add to the bill, won over the majority of conservatives but hardened moderate opposition and even created some uncertainty among lawmakers who had backed the bill.
And, yet, the notion of a one hundred person whip team … I mean—a one hundred person whip team?
Image note: Detail of photo by Kevin Lamarque.
McPherson, Lindsey and Erin Mershon. “Even GOP Whip Team Undecided on Health Care”. Roll Call. 1 May 2017.