House GOP kills committee chair rule change
House Republicans voted this afternoon not to allow committee members to elect committee chairs, members leaving a conference meeting this evening told Axios. (Sorry, Adrian Smith!)
- But they punted on other conference rule changes until after Thanksgiving — including a rule that would require a majority of the GOP conference to sign off on legislation before it moves to the House floor.
Between the lines: We reported on Monday that this change would make it even more difficult to pass health bills next year, making the lame duck session even more important for health care legislation.
- We expect legislators and lobbyists to continue pushing hard to get their health care priorities done before the end of the year — just in case.