The potentially historic vote to end Medicaid as we know it and repeal Obamacare was postponed today, in a devastating setback for Paul Ryan and Donald Trump. But we’re still closely monitoring the ongoing negotiations on the Hill this evening, with Tierney Sneed and Alice Ollstein on the ground.
Here’s a rough outline of what we’re expecting:
The House Freedom Caucus is currently in Speaker Ryan’s office for a meeting.
At 7 p.m. ET, the full House GOP conference is scheduled to meet.
At 8 p.m. ET, the House was expected to vote on a rules change to fast-track the Obamacare repeal bill by basically waiving a rule that prohibits a bill from being passed out of committee and getting a floor vote the same day. That would clear the way for the Rules Committee to consider whatever bill the GOP ultimately agrees to and then speed it straight to a floor vote. Some indication that vote may not happen, so things remain in flux as they have all day.
After that vote, the House Freedom Caucus and more moderate (it’s relative) Tuesday Group are reportedly meeting to hammer things out.
None of those events may yield any particular news, and things are very fluid right now, but when and if there is news, we’ll bring it to you.