Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Freedom Caucus balks at Republican leadership's Obamacare replacement
The House Freedom Caucus came to Congress to do two things: chew bubblegum and obstruct legislation handed down from the speaker's office. And they've been out of bubblegum since before Donald Trump became a candidate for president.
Right after Republican leadership released the text of the Obamacare repeal package late Monday evening, several members of the cantankerous conservative group reiterated to the Washington Examiner that nothing has changed.
Any hopes that President Trump could succeed where Speaker Ryan has failed were quickly shattered. "It doesn't matter who comes to us and asks us to go along with this devastating program," Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said while scanning the bill during a phone interview. "The answer will be no."