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No deal yet for Freedom Caucus on healthcare bill

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 01:36

The head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said on Thursday his group could not yet support the bill to roll back Obamacare in the House of Representatives, although White House spokesman Sean Spicer described the president's meeting with the Caucus as a ''very positive step''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Thursday (March 23) he believed the House of Representatives was still on track to hold a vote on Thursday night on healthcare legislation backed by President Donald Trump. Spicer, at his daily news briefing, said Trump's meeting with House Republican conservatives who make up the "Freedom Caucus" was a "very positive step" and that Trump continues to build support for the legislation. "I expect it to climb hour by hour," Spicer said of support for the Republican healthcare effort. He said drawing conservative support while not alienating moderate lawmakers remained part of a "balancing act." But the head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said on Thursday his group could not yet support the bill to roll back Obamacare in the House of Representatives, saying the measure still lacked the support needed for passage. "We've made very reasonable requests and we're hopeful that those reasonable requests will be listened to and ultimately agreed to," Representative Mark Meadows told reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. "There are not enough votes as of 1:30 (p.m.) today," he said.

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No deal yet for Freedom Caucus on healthcare bill

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 01:36