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Rep. Jim Jordan said Friday that he’s pushing a clean Obamacare repeal bill in the House in an end-run move around leadership.
“It’s the same exact legislation we passed 18 months ago — we all voted for, the Senate voted for. We want to bring this to the floor. Our leadership won’t do that. So the only way to go around them is to start what’s called a discharge petition,” Mr. Jordan, Ohio Republican and a member of the House Freedom Caucus, said on Fox News.
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Mr. Jordan said he plans to begin gathering signatures for the petition Friday, and when he gets the required number, he’ll call for a vote.
‘[House Speaker Paul D. Ryan] says there aren’t the votes there, but saying they’re aren’t the votes there and actually calling to question are actually two different things,” Mr. Jordan said.
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Part of his motivation in making this legislative move is to prove the House can follow through on its promise of repealing Obamacare. He said some in the Senate have accused the House of not being able to pass a clean repeal bill, which Mr. Jordan said isn’t true.
“Frankly, I’d like to prove that that House can do what we said because some senators say, well, the House can’t pass clean repeal. That’s why they didn’t support it. I want to prove to them that we can. So this is the way to do it,” he said.
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