Washington (CNN) House GOP leaders, despite a furious push Thursday, were unable to wrangle the votes necessary to move forward on their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The development short-circuits, yet again, the House effort to repeal the cornerstone domestic achievement of President Barack Obama.
It guarantees President Donald Trump will be without a cornerstone legislative achievement on his 100th day in office — a symbolic moment that the White House has focused on intently in recent days as negotiations on a revised health care proposal accelerated.
“There will be no vote tomorrow,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters as he departed a nearly two-hour closed-door meeting of House leaders as they sought to plot a path forward on the bill. Asked if there was any chance there would be a vote at any point this weekend, McCarthy also said no.
“We’ve been making great progress,” he said. “So when we have the votes we’ll vote on it.”
The failure to collect the 216 votes needed to pass the bill marks yet another setback on the House — and White House — efforts to see the central GOP campaign promise of the last seven years even reach the House floor.