March 22, 2017 / 9:39 PM / 5 months ago

Key conservative U.S. lawmaker says making headway on healthcare bill

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and other members of the House Freedom Caucus hold a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. March 7, 2017.Eric Thayer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on Wednesday he is very encouraged by the negotiations with Republican leadership over a sweeping healthcare bill.

"I’m very encouraged that we might be seeing some real headway," Meadows told reporters before a caucus meeting. Earlier, a Freedom Caucus aide said more than 25 members of the group opposed the legislation to replace Obamacare, enough votes to sink the bill in Thursday's scheduled vote.

Reporting by David Morgan; Writing by Eric Beech

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