The House Budget Committee is now in charge of the American Health Care Act draft.
Members of both the House Ways & Means Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee approved their versions of the AHCA draft with strict party-line votes.
Ways & Means members voted 23-16 for their version of the Affordable Care Act de-funding measure, and Energy & Commerce members voted 31-23 version.
The committees fended off amendment after amendment.
The mood at Energy & Commerce was more business-like than yesterday.
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is the new chairman of the committee, and he showed impatience while trying to get efforts to mark up the AHCA draft started Wednesday.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, today praised Walden’s work as chairmanship.
“This has literally been a baptism of fire,” Barton said.
Barton proposed, and later withdrew, an amendment that could have made the draft more appealing to some more conservative House Republicans.