Health Care Reconciliation Begins Process

Health Care Reconciliation Begins Process

House hopes to clear Senate bill by end of week.

Monday afternoon, the House Budget Committee began its work on the health care package during a markup session. The reconciliation bill they looked at contained proposals previously submitted by three panels with jurisdiction over health care issues: Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor. The bill will also contain the student loan measure.

Democrats will use a series of parliamentary procedures to try to pass the health care legislation. House leaders hope to clear the Senate-passed bill by the end of the week or soon thereafter. It will then be considered with a companion bill, to be sent to the Senate that would amend the Senate measure with changes demanded by House Democrats.

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