Boehner: GOP may still try to force separate vote on Senate health bill

Republicans are still hoping to force a separate vote on the Senate-passed healthcare bill, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday.

After a GOP motion to force a standalone vote on the Senate healthcare bill failed on Thursday, Boehner hinted another effort could be in the offing.

"Yesterday we fought to have a straight up-or-down vote on the Senate-passed bill, and I'm still hopeful we can force them to do that," the top House Republican said during an appearance on Fox News.

Democrats successfully tabled a motion by Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) to force the vote on the Senate bill.

The plans in motion would have lawmakers vote on a rule that would deem the Senate health bill to have passed the House while at the same time making changes to the bill.

Republicans have claimed that process is a "scheme," and some have pledged challenges to the maneuver's constitutionality.

Boehner said he anticipated a very close process throughout the weekend, on GOP efforts to halt the bill, and on Democratic moves to pass it. 

"This is going to be a very close vote," he said.