Spicer On Repeal Vote Delay: ‘We Wanted To Do This In Broad Daylight’

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer late Thursday characterized the delay of an expected House vote on legislation to repeal Obamacare as a move for transparency, rather than as a bid to buy more time to lock down enough votes to ensure the bill’s passage.

“We could have continued through the night and voted in the middle of the night, that’s what Democrats have done in the past,” Spicer told Fox News’ Eric Bolling.

“That’s not what we were going to do,” he continued. “We wanted to do this in broad daylight tomorrow, when every one of the American people can see not only the bill that we put online days ago for everyone to read, but actually watch the debate take place and watch the vote go down.”

Over the past several days, House leadership and the White House have attempted to lure in skeptics of the bill from both conservative and moderate factions of the House with various amendments, as well as with commitments for the additional steps in the repeal-and-replace process that they say will follow the initial bill.

Conservatives were promised Wednesday that the Senate’s version of the bill would eliminate a provision that would require insurers to cover Obamacare’s Essential Health Benefits. Moderates were promised, among other things, that the bill would expand tax credits for older Americans, a move that resulted in a fresh CBO score projecting the amended legislation would do less than the original to reduce the deficit.

Spicer emphasized that the current bill was the only option Republicans had to replace Obamacare.

“This is the train that’s leaving the station,” he said. “This is the choice that we were waiting for. This is the pledge that people have made to the American people.”

This piece has been updated.

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  1. Dude, if this is the only train leaving the station, it’ll be saddled with your boss’ name FOR-EVAH!

  2. Or - crazy idea, bear with me - Republican Representatives could listen to their constituents - all of them, not just the billionaires - and see what they want. The majority of people, having gained some experience with the ACA, do not want it repealed in a clumsy and stupid manner. A good many people might be willing to release you from hasty, ill-conceived promises. You could find that out by listening to them.

  3. Spicer emphasized that the current bill was the only option Republicans had to replace Obamacare.
    “This is the train that’s leaving the station,” he said. “This is the choice that we were waiting for. This is the pledge that people have made to the American people.”

    All aboard!!!

  4. Avatar for drtv drtv says:

    “Spicer On Repeal Vote Delay: ‘We Wanted To Do This In Broad Daylight’”

    The crime is more memorable that way.

  5. Avatar for cd cd says:

    total bullshit yet again, makes one think the bull’s ass has a direct connection to spicy’s pie hole

    your guys didn’t have the votes for this lead balloon of a health care “plan”

    that is what tonight is for, to lean on your side to try to scare up some votes to try to pass

    there will be no debate tomorrow, and even if there was, nobody would be listening, and as if debate would have any meaning in this repube “my way or the highway” congress

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