March 24, 2017 / 3:31 PM / 4 months ago

Pence cancels trip to work on healthcare as House vote looms

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Dan Coats listens to remarks by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence before being sworn in to serve as U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for the Trump administration, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. March 16, 2017.Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence canceled a planned trip to two U.S. states on Friday to work with President Donald Trump as the House of Representatives sought to vote on Republicans' healthcare bill, a spokesman for Pence said.

Pence had planned to travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee, according to the spokesman. The change came as House Republican leaders scrambled to gain enough support for the legislation ahead of a vote later on Friday.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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