The news headlines regarding the American Health Care Act (formally, H.R.1628) suggest that by failing to be put to a vote, the bill is dead and we can move on with our lives. Is that actually true?
From my understanding, the bill has been postponed until the Speaker decides to renew discussion. According to the actions taken on the bill, it has been:
03/24/2017-3:30pm POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, further consideration of H.R. 1628 is postponed. Action By: House of Representatives
Clause 1(c) of rule 19 of the House Rules states (emphasis mine):
(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), when the previous question is operating to adoption or passage of a measure pursuant to a special order of business, the Chair may postpone further consideration of such measure in the House to such time as may be designated by the Speaker.
Does this mean that the bill may be re-activated so to speak, at any time, by the Speaker?
Is this why they would withdraw the vote, rather than put the bill to a vote and risk it failing (which would kill it permanently)?