Report: GOP Moderates Scheme To Oust Tuesday Group Leader Over ACA Repeal

UNITED STATES - MAY 2: Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., speaks with reporters as he leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
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May 3, 2017 2:49 p.m.

Members of the Tuesday Group are considering an ouster of the moderate group’s co-chair, Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), for negotiating with hardline conservatives on the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Hill reported on Wednesday.

According to the Hill, two unnamed members of the Tuesday Group said their colleagues are frustrated by MacArthur’s negotiations with the conservative Freedom Caucus regarding the Republican repeal bill.

One unnamed member who is in favor of MacArthur’s ouster told the Hill that MacArthur “overstepped his bounds” by making a deal with Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

“There is dissension in the ranks,” that member said, as quoted in the report.

Both sources said that the group could discuss the matter as early as Wednesday afternoon.

Per the Hill, Tuesday Group members warned MacArthur in a recent meeting against such a negotiation because they feared moderate Republicans would take the fall if conservative lawmakers reversed position and backed the legislation.

Earlier this week MacArthur nevertheless proposed an amendment to the bill to allow states to apply for waivers from certain Obamacare mandates, which prompted the House Freedom Caucus to officially support the legislation in its latest iteration.

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