Republicans are seven votes away from "bringing down" the climate change bill favored by Democrats and scheduled for a vote Friday, Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessOvernight Health Care: New allegations against VA nominee | Dems worry House moving too fast on opioid bills | HHS chief back in DC | FDA reexamines safety of controversial Parkinson's drug Top Dems on Energy and Commerce panel concerned House opioid push moving too quickly Maternal deaths keep rising in US, raising scrutiny MORE (R-Texas) claimed this afternoon.

Citing the 217-205 rules vote on the bill earlier in the morning, Burgess tweeted from the Hill that Republicans were close to downing the legislation, a top priority of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Obama.

Burgess tweeted Friday:
No R's voted in favor of the rule. 30 Dems voted no. We are 7 votes away from bringing this down.


Indeed, no Republican voted for the rules, and three lawmakers -- Reps. John Culberson (Texas), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeJulian Castro predicts Arizona will 'go blue' for Senate, presidential election GOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision GOP senator: Trump's comment on Kim Jong Un 'surpasses understanding' MORE (Ariz.) and John Sullivan (Okla.) -- missed the vote.

Cross-posted to the Twitter Room.