Sunday Health Care Vote Increasingly Likely

Posted March 17, 2010 at 6:24pm

House Democrats are likely to hold votes on their health care reform overhaul on Sunday given a continuing delay in getting a score of the package from the Congressional Budget Office.

Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said no
legislation or CBO scores would be posted Wednesday night. “Go home,” he told a passel of reporters.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said earlier Wednesday night that leaders hoped to get the CBO cost estimate by Thursday morning and then would wait 72 hours before voting on the bill.

Democratic leaders have been furiously whipping their Caucus to line up the 216 votes they need to pass the reform measure. More Democrats announced their support on Wednesday, but leaders still have more votes to corral before final passage.