House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE (R-Ohio) called for fellow lawmakers
to "make tough choices" ahead of a planned Sunday healthcare vote.
BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE, in the weekly GOP radio address, appealed to wavering Democrats to join Republicans to help defeat healthcare reform legislation.
Democrats hope to vote to pass health reform legislation on Sunday in what is expected to be a close vote with a razor-thin margin.
The Republican leader made his case to undecided members to work with the GOP to defeat the bill, which is serves as the top domestic priority for President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaReport: Manafort part of intelligence review of intercepted Russian communications Obama staffers challenged to WH scavenger hunt on final day Report: Trump has given up personal cellphone MORE.
Underscoring the stakes of the vote, Boehner reminded them that he's requested a "call of the roll" vote on Sunday, meaning that each lawmaker would stand and publicly announce their vote, instead of a vote recorded by electronics.
"I asked Speaker Pelosi to have the final health care votes recorded by a ‘call of the roll,'" Boehner explained. "Under this procedure, each lawmaker will have to stand before the American people and announce his or her vote."
Boehner and Republicans will return to the House tomorrow, as will
Democrats, as they race toward a planned vote tomorrow. Lawmakers
appeared to be hanging onto issues like abortion on Friday night.
The minority leader conceded Republicans couldn't beat the bill alone, symbolically suggesting Democrats would be needed to join them.
“Republicans can’t beat this bill, but the American people can," he said. "It’s not too late to make your voice heard."