The day the House of Representatives was supposed to vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act dawned in disarray.
As of 9 a.m., the vote had not been scheduled. The House Rules Committee had not finished its markup of the bill after 13 hours of debate, and was scrambling Thursday to override the House policy of forbidding same-day votes on bills. A planned meeting of the House Republican Conference was canceled at the last minute, but lawmakers who hadn't received that memo were seen wandering into the room. Negotiations on major policy changes that would impact millions of people are ongoing, making the likelihood of a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the final bill before the vote close to zero.
Wednesday night was equally chaotic, as pressure from the White House and GOP leaders failed to win over either the moderate or hardline conservative wings of the Republican Party.
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