House GOP Passes Closed Rule for Health Care Bill

UNITED STATES — MARCH 23: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., returns to his office from the House floor in the Capitol on Thursday, March 23, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Continuing a weeks-long process of decisions regarding legislation to partially repeal the 2010 health care law that fly in the face of their repeated calls for “regular order,” House Republicans passed a same-day, closed rule to govern debate on the legislation. 

The 230-194 passage of the rule vote in no way indicates that the legislation itself will pass when the House votes on the bill later Friday. It simply means that opponents of the bill aren’t frustrated enough with the process to vote down the rule.

Notably, six Republicans voted against the rule, likely for that reason. 

The bill now heads to up to four hours of debate, and the vote on final passage is expected to occur around the 4 p.m. hour. The whip count still remains very fluid and the result of the vote uncertain. 

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