"At the White House, Trump persuaded representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri, two normally loyal Republicans who had balked at the bill’s provision to remove protections for those with pre-existing conditions with the promise of $8bn in extra funding to subsidize healthcare for those affected.
House speaker Paul Ryan expressed confidence in the bill’s prospects in an interview with a local radio station in Milwaukee on Wednesday. ‘We’re making good progress – we’ve got some momentum,’ the Wisconsin Republican said, pointing to Upton and Long’s announcement as a sign of that progress. ‘We feel really good about that.’
Ryan wouldn’t commit to a specific timetable for the vote but said that House Republicans are working to accomplish this before Friday when the House is scheduled to begin a week-long recess.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said a vote was imminent but said there was no ‘deadline’ for a vote. ‘We continue to move closer and closer to that time,’ he said.
With many moderate Republicans still wary of the proposal, the White House engaged in a full scale effort to woo over skeptics on Wednesday. Trump put his deal-making skills to the test, working the phones and appealing personally to lawmakers, while Vice-President Mike Pence and the White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney, were dispatched to the Capitol to convince wavering members.
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