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House Sends Health Care Hot Potato to Senate
Every Democrat, several Republicans, vote against measure

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his leadership team were able to secure enough votes for passage of their health care plan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BY LINDSEY MCPHERSON AND ERIN MERSHON

House Republicans breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as they finally advanced their health care overhaul out of the chamber in a narrow 217-213 vote. No Democrats voted for the measure. They were joined by 20 Republicans who voted “no” as well.

Himes Elected Chairman of New Democrat Coalition
Polis elected vice chairman, along with DelBene, Kilmer, Sewell

Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes was elected chairman of the New Democrat Coalition on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The New Democrat Coalition on Thursday elected Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes as its chairman for the 115th Congress. 

Himes, 50, beat Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, 41, for the top spot in the moderate caucus. Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, 66, dropped out of the race before the vote, saying he thought it would help diffuse some of the tension arising from a three-way race. 

Moderates Could Become Farm Bill Power Houses

Roll Call sat down with Rep. Collin C. Peterson to discuss major issues facing the farm community this year. Asked how the make up of the House will set the stage for passage of the farm bill, Peterson emphasized the important role moderates like him will play.

GOP Factions Fall in Line for Ryan

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan was endorsed Thursday by the center-right Tuesday Group and conservative Republican Study Committee, paving the way for a run for speaker.  

The two groups announced their support for the Wisconsin Republican Thursday afternoon, following Wednesday's evening vote in the House Freedom Caucus, in which a "supermajority" of the caucus voted to support his nomination and on the House floor. RSC Chairman Bill Flores, R-Texas, who had said previously he would run for speaker if Ryan didn't, said in a statement that Ryan was "the right person to lead the House going forward."