Mar 22, 2017

Rules Committee update: You haven't missed a thing

More than three hours later, the House Rules Committee still hasn't gotten around to taking up any actual amendments that House members want to add to the GOP Obamacare repeal bill before it goes to the floor tomorrow. They've spent the whole time arguing about whether the GOP bill is being rushed, whether Obamacare was rushed, and whether the Republicans' "continuous coverage" rule — penalizing people who don't stay insured — is an adequate substitute for Obamacare's individual mandate.

Oh, and Rep. Alcee Hastings did quote Janis Joplin. The response from Rules Committee chairman Pete Sessions: "I promise not to talk about ZZ Top."

They've recessed for House votes, and have yet to take up any of the more than 20 proposed amendments they're supposed to consider. On the bright side, one House GOP aide tells me the meeting probably won't last all night: "All dayer, maybe. Not all nighter."

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