President Donald Trump planned to meet Wednesday with lawmakers who authored a plan aimed at preventing another collapse of the Republican healthcare bill. House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the proposal and said the GOP was getting “extremely close” to finally being able to pass the stalled legislation.
The White House meeting and Ryan’s optimism comes with House leaders short of votes for their drive to repeal much of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. GOP leaders are hoping to create momentum for the legislation — especially among holdout moderates — so they can push it through the House before it breaks for a week-long recess Friday.
White House officials and some House lawmakers have said leaders are single-digit votes shy of winning the 216 they’ll need to push the legislation through the House.
“We’re getting extremely close,” Ryan, R-Wis., said on radio’s “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”
Trump planned to discuss the healthcare bill with four key House members, including Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Billy Long, R-Mo.