White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appears to have irked the Republican chair of the House Rules Committee by telling reporters that all members would be able to offer amendments to the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“I will just point blank say that I would encourage Mr. Spicer if he thinks he’s going to start talking about my business to give me a darn call,” House Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX) said when asked about Spicer’s comments on Wednesday. “I try not to get in his business, and I don’t appreciate him getting in my business.”
Spicer made the comments at the White House press briefing, telling reporters that “every member of the House and Senate will be able to have their opportunity to have amendments offered through the committee process and on the floor.”
Following the press secretary’s remarks, Democratic members of the Rules Committee asked Sessions during a committee meeting about Spicer’s remarks and whether Democratic members of the committee would be able to offer amendments to the health bill. At the time, the committee had not yet determined the rules for amendments for the legislation, according to Buzzfeed News.
In response to Democrats’ questions, Sessions told Spicer to stay out of his “business.” He later added that Spicer is an “awesome guy” and a “friend,” per Buzzfeed News.
Watch clips from the exchange via MSNBC:
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