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How the House Finally Got to ‘Yes’ on Health Care
Frenzied final negotiations helped win over enough holdouts

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, center, and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry lead a group of Republican members to the House floor Thursday to vote on the GOP health care bill after meeting with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The final push on the health care bill started in earnest Monday night.

At 6 p.m., a cadre of Republican lawmakers from the Energy and Commerce Committee met in an unmarked Capitol office to make changes they hoped would bring moderate holdouts on board with the party’s overhaul of the health care system.

Key Republicans Flip on Health Care After Trump Meeting
Holdouts Fred Upton, Billy Long switch after White House confab

Rep. Fred Upton switched his position from earlier this week to support the bill. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

BY ERIN MERSHON AND LINDSEY McPHERSON

Former House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan switched his position to support the Republican health care bill after President Donald Trump agreed Wednesday morning to a policy change that could provide $8 billion in funding to some states to help lower costs for sick people and those with pre-existing conditions whom insurance companies could charge more in premiums under the measure.

Key Republican Members Talk Health Care Deal With Trump
High-profile holdouts Upton and Long discuss changes to bill

Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., and other key Republican members met with President Donald Trump to see if they could be brought on board to the GOP health care bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By Erin Mershon and Lindsey McPherson/CQ Roll Call

Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri, the most high-profile holdouts on the Republican health care overhaul, are meeting with President Donald Trump Wednesday morning to discuss a policy change that could bring them on board with the plan.

GOP May Again Change Health Care Proposal As They Seek Votes

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., conducts a news conference with members the GOP caucus in the Capitol Visitor Center to announce a new amendment to the health care bill to repeal and replace the ACA, April 6, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By ERIN MERSHON and LINDSEY McPHERSON, CQ ROLL CALL

House Republicans still hope to vote on their health care overhaul next week, though lawmakers said Friday they may need further changes to scrape together enough votes to pass it.

GOP Health Care Bill Picks up ‘A Few’ Moderate Supporters
Vote on Friday possible if more support comes together

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrives for the meeting with President Donald Trump and the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By ERIN MERSHON, JOE WILLIAMS and LINDSEY McPHERSON 
CQ Roll Call

House leadership secured the support of a few moderate holdouts for their health care bill during a late-night meeting Wednesday.

Rising Stars 2017: Hill Staffers
Two experienced hands make the list

Two Capitol Hill staffers are among CQ Roll Call’s Rising Stars of 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Over the course of this week, CQ Roll Call is taking a look at 17 Rising Stars of 2017 — people who will now wield power and influence in a Washington that has been turned upside down by the presidency of Donald Trump.

Some of the names are familiar, others have recently burst on the scene. They include members of Congress, congressional and administration staffers, and advocates.

Texas Isn’t Only State Where Redistricting Could Be Factor in 2018
Redistricting cases are still pending in North Carolina and Maryland

The lines of Texas Rep. Will Hurd’s district could be redrawn as a result of last week’s court decision that ruled it was racially gerrymandered. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With a three-judge panel invalidating the lines of one of the most competitive congressional districts in the country late last week, redistricting is once again in the political spotlight.

The Texas case was a reminder that redistricting litigation, which played out in the lead-up to the 2016 elections, is still ongoing across the country. It could result in Rep. Will Hurd’s district becoming more favorable for Democrats in 2018, 

U.S. Court Invalidates Three Texas Congressional Districts
Court orders districts to be redrawn

A U.S. court in Texas invalidated Rep. Will Hurd’s district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A federal three-judge panel in San Antonio invalidated three Texas congressional districts for violating the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution in a decision late Friday night. 

The districts, drawn by the Texas legislature in 2011, are GOP Rep. Will Hurd’s 23rd District, GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold’s 27th District and Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s 35th District. 

House Moves on Obamacare, Spending Bills While Senate Waits
The Senate will be focused on undoing Obama-era regulations

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore. may oversee a markup of the GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

By REMA RAHMAN and BRIDGET BOWMAN, CQ ROLL CALL

The public will get its first look at House Republicans’ bill to repeal and partially replace the 2010 health care law likely early this week, but timing on committee markups of the legislation is unclear. 

One Thing Congress Agrees On: Vaccines Work
They said lawmakers should support the use of vaccines

From left, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., at a HELP hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are stressing the need to highlight benefits of vaccines amid reports of local outbreaks of infectious diseases.

“The science is clear: FDA-licensed vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, and save the lives both of those who receive them and vulnerable individuals around them,” the lawmakers wrote in a Tuesday letter sent to their colleagues. “As Members of Congress, we have a critical role to play in supporting the availability and use of vaccines to protect Americans from deadly diseases.”