Tuesday Group

House Sends Health Care Hot Potato to Senate
Every Democrat, several Republicans, vote against measure

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his leadership team were able to secure enough votes for passage of their health care plan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BY LINDSEY MCPHERSON AND ERIN MERSHON

House Republicans breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as they finally advanced their health care overhaul out of the chamber in a narrow 217-213 vote. No Democrats voted for the measure. They were joined by 20 Republicans who voted “no” as well.

Analysis: Moderate Republicans Also to Blame for Health Care Impasse
Arguably more hard ‘no’ votes among moderates than conservatives

Tuesday Group Co-Chairman Charlie Dent is among the moderate Republicans unlikely to be convinced to vote for the GOP’s health care bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have shouldered the majority of the blame for the Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, but GOP moderates may be equally — if not more — responsible for the impasse. 

There are arguably more hard “no” votes (members not likely to be convinced to move to “yes”) for the GOP leadership’s plan among moderate Republicans than there are among Freedom Caucus members.

IRS Impeachment Debate Latest Example of House GOP Infighting
Rank and file show influence when the conference lacks consensus to act

Embattled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen met with House Republicans on Wednesday to make his case for why he shouldn't be impeached. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As divided House Republicans debate whether they should vote to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, members are also wrestling over when it’s appropriate to skirt traditional legislative procedures and take matters into their own hands.

The impeachment effort is just the latest example of a group of rank-and-file members trying to push for a vote on an issue that they see as a priority but that lacks broad support among the House Republican Conference. 

These Eight Republicans Could Save the Conference From Breaking

Price, left and Ryan are longtime allies. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan was pushed to run for speaker because members believed he could unite House Republicans, but he will share some of that responsibility with some select colleagues.  

The Wisconsin Republican has tapped eight members to serve on an "advisory group" that will meet regularly to discuss House matters and serve as Ryan's sounding board for leadership ideas. The group, according to names obtained by CQ Roll Call, includes two members from each of the three main Republican voting blocs — as well as two of Ryan's closest allies. "Speaker Ryan believes the conference is strongest when it's unified," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. "To have a more inclusive speakership, he has pulled together a group of members representing the major Republican caucuses."  

GOP Factions Fall in Line for Ryan

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan was endorsed Thursday by the center-right Tuesday Group and conservative Republican Study Committee, paving the way for a run for speaker.  

The two groups announced their support for the Wisconsin Republican Thursday afternoon, following Wednesday's evening vote in the House Freedom Caucus, in which a "supermajority" of the caucus voted to support his nomination and on the House floor. RSC Chairman Bill Flores, R-Texas, who had said previously he would run for speaker if Ryan didn't, said in a statement that Ryan was "the right person to lead the House going forward."