Thursday, March 25, 2010

It Ain't Over - Breaking Update

The Senate Parliamentarian struck two technical provisions from the health reform reconciliation measure, which means that, once the Senate votes, probably this afternoon, the reconciliation bill has to go back to the House for another vote. Although the House already voted in favor of the reconciliation package, because the Senate's version will be slightly different, the House has to vote again.

All reports this morning are that this will not be a problem. Although I can't find any detailed explanation of the provisions that were struck, all the papers are saying that they do not affect the substance of the bill. Indeed, they have to do with the student loan provisions that were combined into the health reform bill.

Hopefully, the Senate will finish tonight. Speaker Pelosi has kept the House in session all week in case another vote was needed, so hopefully, the House will vote tomorrow and the battle -- at least this round -- will be complete. Jennifer

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