Unhappy leaders quickly jumped in, saying Bachus did not have Conference negotiating power. The interference prompted Bachus to send out an e-mail, under the leaderships header, saying, As I made clear in the meeting this morning, I was not authorized by my colleagues to make any agreement on behalf of House Republicans.
Then-Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) was immediately appointed as the House GOPs negotiator, sidelining Bachus.
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