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House Republican leaders revealed their plan this morning for bringing Obamacare repeal back to life: Keep talking about it until they get more votes. "We all share these goals, and we're just going to have to figure out how to get it done," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a meeting with the GOP conference. He said that "some of those who were in the no camp expressed a willingness to keep talking." House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he came out of the meeting with "more confidence than ever that we will get it done."

Between the lines: Their comments confirmed that this is mostly an exercise in showing their supporters that they're not giving up — and maybe giving conservative or moderate holdouts some time to reconsider their position. Ryan said he would still want to use the budget reconciliation bill as the vehicle, but wouldn't commit to a timeline, "because we want to get it right."

The Senate shrugs: "If they get 216 votes, that's great, we'll take it up over here," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told Caitlin Owens.

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Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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