House GOP to hold Saturday conference call

House GOP to hold Saturday conference call
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House Republicans will hold a conference call for all of their members on Saturday, ahead of an action-filled week back in Washington.

House GOP aides said no particular topic has been set for the call, which is not out of the ordinary to conduct after a two-week recess.

It could be a chance for the Republican conference to discuss efforts to revive its ObamaCare replacement bill, as well as a spending bill that must be passed ahead of an April 28 deadline to fund the government.

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Some lawmakers have floated the possibility that the House could vote on an ObamaCare replacement bill as soon as next week, but that would be a tall task. Republicans still do not have a deal to pick up the needed votes after the high-profile failure of the bill last month.

Still, talks are continuing.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), co-chairman of the centrist Tuesday Group, said they had spoken with Vice President Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceSusan Rice: Trump had 'obligation' to fully vet Flynn Pence: Tax plan may increase deficit 'in the short term' Pence: Media ignoring facts and 'spreading that fake news' MORE and the office of Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanDems, not trusting Trump, want permanent ObamaCare fix Kudlow: Trump's tax plan 'a home run' Samantha Bee roasts Trump at mock correspondents' dinner MORE (R-Wis.) over the break.

The most pressing deadline is to fund the government before April 28. Some lawmakers have floated the possibility that a short-term measure might be needed avoid hitting that deadline.


While some lawmakers have expressed hope for a smooth, drama-free process, a range of issues could throw sand in the gears. Those vary from funding for a border wall or other immigration issues, to ObamaCare payments to insurers that Democrats are insisting be included.