House Speaker Paul Ryan House on Friday pulled H.R. 1628, the bill meant to repeal the Affordable Care Act, off the floor just before members were supposed to vote.
Ryan said at a press conference that he decided to cancel the vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, because he did not believe he had enough support to pass it. No Democrats were voting for the repeal bill and more than 22 Republicans were also voting against the bill. With one Democrat absent, 22 is the number of Republicans that had to vote no in order to kill the repeal bill’s chances.
C-SPAN has been airing videos of press conferences with Ryan and other policymakers here.
“We came up short,” Ryan said at his press conference. “This is a setback, no two ways about it.”
Ryan said he’s proud of the bill the House produced but did not get the consensus he needed to pass the bill.
Ryan said he thought his team was winning over some members of the Republican Freedom Caucus group but had not won over enough.