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House releases final bill--vote possible by weekend

By Lori Montgomery
House leaders released the final version of their nearly 2,000-page health package late Tuesday, clearing the way for a vote by the full chamber as soon as this weekend.

But Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) declined to say when debate would begin on the measure, issuing a statement that said Democratic leaders were still talking with their members.

"With the completion of the Manager's Amendment to the Affordable Health Care for America Act, we are now in the final stage of moving this critical bill through the House," Hoyer said. "We pledged we would make this amendment available for 72 hours before a vote. Now that the Amendment is posted, the clock has started."

"We are continuing to discuss this legislation with our Members, and I will bring it to the Floor once we have consensus and in keeping with our 72 hour pledge."

The final version of the bill can be accessed on the Rules Committee Web site.

By By Lori Montgomery  |  November 4, 2009; 6:37 AM ET
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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Sounds to me there is a lot of infighting going on in Obama's administration and the people are being blind sighted about where we stand as far as health care and probably we will all get the shaft in the end.

Sorry to be so negative. Have always been a Dem. but whats up Obama, or dont you really know, or are you too damm stubborn to take advise from from your own people. Either come clean with the people or give it up!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | November 4, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" gets your ship sunk.

And if you are elected representatives, it stretches your oath of making sure you have clear direction on game-changing moves -- because you are supposed to be "representing".

So, Admiral Pelosi, are you really willing to possibly lead your brave band off a cliff and ignore current election results? I would hate to see one of our most talented Congresses get slammed because they forgot to represent -- and an Administration that forgot to Administer.

Posted by: tommariner | November 4, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

If the bill is 2,000 pages, that means it won't solve the current problems and only make things worse.

Posted by: riain | November 4, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

You don't have to remember the Alamo, That would be to long ago. But surely you can remember New Jersey and Virginia yesterday. Go ahead and do your vote, 2010 is coming real soon.

Posted by: myop1 | November 4, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Really? 2000 pages and possibly voting this weekend? since when is it smart to vote on something that no one has a clear understanding of...personaly I think a bill that long needs sometime for consideration. Pushing everything through so fast means something is hidden inside the bill that someone doesn't want people to catch...we are headed quickly down a steep hill to socialism and we aren't going to be able to climb back up, government already has control of 60% of general motors and soon to be health care...just look up the deffinition and tell me im wrong..

Posted by: clh21 | November 4, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Good Lord!! Health reform has been around forever and this bill is not all that different from what's been floating around all summer.

What's taking them so long? People are dying for lack of health insurance. Losing their benefits in large numbers every day. Do something!!! This is why we elected you!!!

Yet a few people are stalling this whole process. Get cracking, Congress, time's a-wasting. It doesn't take that long to read the bill!!!

Posted by: chi-town | November 4, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

What is Section 555 ("Second generation bio-fuel producer credit") do in the health care bill? Apparently it was initially proposed under Representative Van Hollen's HR 3985.

Why does Rep. Van Hollen use his time to expand tax credits for special interests unrelated to health care?

Especially when he's been absent in clarifying restrictions on the federal funding of elective abortion in said bill?

Posted by: cprferry | November 5, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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