The Republican Party is getting "closer and closer" to an agreement on a healthcare bill that would replace Obamacare, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.
Spicer was asked during a press briefing about Rep. Mark Meadows' comments in which he was bullish on the American Health Care Act, or at least some form of it.
"I think we're getting closer and closer every day," Spicer said. "This has been a process that, as you know, the chief of staff, vice president, and others have been extremely engaged in behind-the-scenes. We clearly are getting closer.
"More votes are moving in our direction. These ideas, I think, are very helpful, and the conversations are getting closer. I don't want to pre-judge the outcome, but we feel buoyed by the direction it is going."
A planned March 24 vote on the AHCA was scrapped at the last minute because House Speaker Paul Ryan did not have enough support to get the bill passed.
Congress is now on spring break, but Meadows — who chairs the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives that opposed the bill — told USA Today the discussions are in the "final negotiations" phase.
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