Health-care showdown to start at 1 p.m. Sunday
By Paul Kane
It' will be close to a high-noon showdown on Sunday, as shortly thereafter the final debate on President Obama's health-care legislation is set to begin.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced the weekend debate schedule, with a 72-hour march culminating at 1 p.m. Sunday. Democrats expect a final vote sometime Sunday evening, Sunday night or possibly early Monday morning.
Hoyer also announced that the House will be considering legislation Sunday on protecting oceans and public lands -- one of which is likely to serve as the back-stop vote. On critical legislation such as this health-care vote, leaders usually place one bill to be voted on after the high-profile vote, as a way to force lawmakers to stay in the chamber after voting in case Democrats need to try to twist arms to get members to change 'no' votes to 'yes'.
Here's Hoyer's statement in full:
"After months of hearings, discussions and deliberations on health care reform, the House will remain in session this weekend as we move toward completing our work on this critical issue. To that end, the House will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 19th, as planned. The House will also meet on Saturday, March 20th, at 9 a.m., and on Sunday, March 21st, at 1 p.m. In addition to health care reform legislation, the House will consider H.R. 3644, the Ocean, Coastal, and Watershed Education Act; and H.R. 1612, the Public Lands Service Crops Act."
March 18, 2010; 9:17 PM ET
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