Senate Returns Health Care Bill to House

by Benjamin Domenech on 2:43 am March 25, 2010

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Both the indispensable Keith Hennessey and I noted this earlier, but the Senate parliamentarian confirmed in the wee hours this morning that the House will have to vote on the health care fixes again.

Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said Republicans consulting with the Senate parliamentarian had found “two minor provisions” that violate Congress’ budget rules. The provisions deal with Pell grants for low-income students.

Manley said those two provisions will be removed from the bill, and he expected the Senate to approve the measure and send it to the House. Manley said Senate leaders, after conversations with top House Democrats, expect the House to approve the revised measure.

Truthfully, this is not a big problem for Democrats. It was virtually inevitable that in a process this convoluted and rarely deployed in a circumstance this high-pressure, a few things will slip through the cracks. There’s little question that the House will approve the fixes in the same way, but it is one more vote to whip, and it’s one more vote for them to have to justify in November.

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