O’CONNOR, N.H. — The Republican Party’s effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law failed in the House Tuesday night, with GOP lawmakers failing to pass a budget that could help the president’s agenda.
The vote was 217-213, with Republican Reps.
Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Tom Cole of Oklahoma voting against the GOP-led effort to pass the repeal measure.
The legislation passed with only one Democrat voting for it, Rep. Scott Peters of California.
“There is nothing in the legislation that would be good for our country,” Peters said.
“And I would not be able to support it.”
A repeal effort has been a long time coming for GOP leaders, who have repeatedly said they will not support a budget.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has said the party is focused on getting a budget passed, but he has been unable to get Democratic support to do so.
“I think the American people are frustrated,” Ryan said.
The budget measure was one of three Republican bills that House Republicans passed in the Senate last month.
A House GOP source told Fox News that the House passed a budget in the early hours of Wednesday morning and that it was sent to Ryan for his signature.
It is the first time in history that a Senate GOP-passed budget passed the House without the support of a Democratic senator, according to a Fox News tally.
The Senate passed a separate budget resolution on Wednesday, but that failed in a vote of 50-50.
A Senate GOP source said that the budget was crafted by Rep. Pete Sessions, R, Tenn., a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, and was passed by a vote that came down to the House’s vote to send it to Ryan.
The House Budget Committee voted Tuesday night to send the House version of the healthcare bill to Ryan, who is set to hold a news conference Wednesday morning to unveil the measure.
“The House has been able to pass our own budget in an orderly fashion, and that’s the reason I support it,” Ryan told reporters Tuesday.
“This is the result of hard work, bipartisan cooperation and common sense.”
The Senate GOP has been working on its own budget for the past year, and Republicans are not expected to go back and add additional elements to it until the House votes to send a budget to Ryan next week.
Ryan has said he will not release a full budget proposal until he receives a budget from the Senate, and the House has already passed a version of a House-passage budget earlier this year.
But the House vote was not the only indication of Republicans’ frustration with the president, who on Tuesday announced he is resigning as the House Speaker.
In a Twitter post, Trump said he had accepted the resignation of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has been Speaker since 2005.
Pelosi, a Democrat, and other Democratic leaders have said the Trump Administration’s budget will not be completed until the 2018 elections.
But Trump said on Twitter Tuesday that he was not leaving because he would continue to be Speaker.
“I want to make sure I get this done and I want to be a leader,” Trump said.