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Katko, Fitzpatrick to Vote Against GOP Health Plan

CLF launched a nationwide field effort for 2018.

Ally Mutnick
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Ally Mutnick
March 20, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

Two more mod­er­ate Re­pub­lic­ans have aban­doned the Amer­ic­an Health Care Act. Reps. John Katko (R-NY 24) and Bri­an Fitzpatrick (R-PA 08) an­nounced this week­end they couldn’t sup­port the bill when it comes to a vote this week be­cause of the ad­verse ef­fect it would have on their re­spect­ive dis­tricts.

Katko said he doesn’t be­lieve “this pro­pos­al provides an ad­equate mar­ket-based op­tion for in­sur­ance ac­cess, nor does it ad­dress out-of-con­trol costs,” and that it would hurt hos­pit­als throughout his dis­trict. (Syra­cuse Post Stand­ard)

Mean­while, Fitzpatrick said in a Face­book post he wor­ries about the bill’s “im­pact on the single most im­port­ant is­sue plaguing Bucks and Mont­gomery Counties, and the is­sue that I have made my pri­or­ity in Con­gress: opioid ab­use pre­ven­tion, treat­ment and re­cov­ery.” (Al­lentown Morn­ing Call)

“Re­pub­lic­ans on the Ways and Means and on the En­ergy and Com­merce com­mit­tees already have cast votes for the Amer­ica Health Care Act. … Strangely, those who sup­por­ted it don’t seem all that keen about their votes.” Reps. Le­onard Lance (R-NJ 07), Pat Mee­han (R-PA-07) and Peter Roskam (R-IL 06) have all ex­pressed hes­it­a­tion about the bill des­pite send­ing it to the House floor. (Wash­ing­ton Post)

Oth­er Re­pub­lic­ans are still on the fence ahead of the vote, which will likely take place Thursday.

Rep. Car­los Cur­belo (FL-26), “one of the few Flor­ida Re­pub­lic­ans not to com­ment on the Obama­care re­place­ment plan this week, said Fri­day that it raises ‘ser­i­ous con­cerns.’” He said he’s “been work­ing with col­leagues in both cham­bers to strengthen and im­prove this le­gis­la­tion.” (Miami Her­ald)

Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01) also weighed in: “I didn’t have a pre­con­ceived idea if I’m vot­ing yes or no. … I’m keep­ing an open mind about the bill, and we’ll see what it ends up be­ing.” (Wa­ter­loo-Ce­dar Falls Cour­i­er)

Mean­while, Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN 02) wrote an op-ed in the Min­neapol­is Star-Tribune de­fend­ing his com­mit­tee vote to send the AHCA to the House floor.

IN THE FIELD. The Con­gres­sion­al Lead­er­ship Fund launched Fri­day a “na­tion­al field op­er­a­tion that will run in key com­pet­it­ive Re­pub­lic­an and Demo­crat­ic con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts from now un­til 2018. CLF’s field op­er­a­tion will en­com­pass 20 dis­tricts in over a dozen states by the end of the year, and add 10 more dis­tricts by Novem­ber 2018. … The pro­gram will fo­cus on identi­fy­ing and en­ga­ging low propensity Re­pub­lic­an and In­de­pend­ent voters early to build re­la­tion­ships and have on­go­ing, mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions dur­ing a midterm cycle when voter turnout is gen­er­ally low.” (re­lease)

CLI­MATE MAT­TERS. “El­ev­en of the 17 Re­pub­lic­ans who joined” a res­ol­u­tion ur­ging Con­gress to ad­dress cli­mate change “are tar­gets of the Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee next year — and two oth­ers were tar­gets last cycle. Two oth­er Demo­crat­ic tar­gets in 2016 and 2018,” Rep. Lee Zeld­in (NY-01) and Rep. Dar­rell Issa (CA-49), “didn’t sign onto the res­ol­u­tion but are part of the caucus.” (Roll Call)

Mean­while, 18 mem­bers of the Flor­ida del­eg­a­tion, led by Reps. Bri­an Mast (R-FL 18) and Charlie Crist (D-FL 13) sent a bi­par­tis­an let­ter “ur­ging Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump to ‘join our ef­forts to ex­ped­ite and en­er­gize the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment’s role’ in restor­ing the Ever­glades. (re­lease)

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