House Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers Saturday there is no vote scheduled next week on a new healthcare reform bill as talks continue on reaching a deal between conservatives and moderates on how to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"He was clear there will be a vote only when we know we can pass the bill," a source who listened to Ryan during an afternoon conference call with Republicans, said. "The votes will drive the timing."
Ryan, R-Wis., told Republicans the House will focus next week on passing a spending bill to keep the government open past an April 28 deadline.
Lawmakers return from a two-week recess on Tuesday and face an immediate spending deadline. A source on the House Appropriations Committee told the Washington Examiner the panel has prepared a one-week extension on the current government spending measure in case it is needed.
The House is working on a spending plan that can satisfy not only the GOP, but President Trump as well, Ryan said.
"So wherever we land will be a product the president can and will support," Ryan told lawmakers on the call.
Finding a deal that will please the White House and be able to pass Congress may be difficult.
Trump wants the spending bill to include provisions related to his immigration agenda, including money to fund a border wall and financial sanctions against municipalities that follow "sanctuary city" practices.
But Democratic leaders have vowed to oppose those provisions, threatening passage of the spending bill.
The Appropriations Committee members, the source on the call said, "have been working closely with the White House."
Ryan didn't make clear on the call how House Republicans planned to satisfy Trump without leading to a dreaded showdown with Democrats over government spending.
Lawmakers were not given time to ask questions on the call, which was brief.
Ryan told lawmakers that key negotiators are working on a new proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare, led by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and the GOP's moderate wing leader, Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J.
The two have been working with committee staff in both the House and the Senate trying to find an agreement on the legislation and in particular how to deal with the Obamacare subsidies, essential health benefits and providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
The lawmakers are working with the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Budget Committee to draft language that can pass both chambers and satisfy the rules for using a legislative tool in the Senate to avert a Democratic filibuster.