Chairman Mark Meadows said most of the Freedom Caucus opposes CSR funding. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Wednesday that "most" of the Freedom Caucus would vote against a spending bill that funds the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing subsidies or includes a new reinsurance program — although he expects both to be in the government funding bill next week.

"I expect them to be in the bill but I am not supporting them...Most in the Freedom Caucus would vote against CSR's," Meadows told me, adding that the caucus has taken no official position.

Why this matters: Passing CSR funding and reinsurance into law is key to getting Sen. Susan Collin's vote on tax reform. But without the support of the Freedom Caucus — or other conservatives — including those provisions would force House leadership to rely on Democratic votes to avert a government shutdown.

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