House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday morning that he expects the House to cast a final vote passing the health care reconciliation package and student loan changes later in the day after Senate Republicans succeeded in making minor changes to the bill.
Hoyer told CNN that he expects the Senate to finish voting on the reconciliation bill sometime Thursday afternoon and that the House will vote follow later in the day.
Unless the Senate adopts any additional, significant changes before passing reconciliation, House passage should be a relatively minor matter, given that the reconciliation bill of fixes passed 220-211 Sunday night, and Democrats have been buoyed in recent days by a turnaround in their poll numbers.
The Senate worked in a marathon “vote-a-rama” session through much of the night on the reconciliation bill. Senate Republicans managed to knock out minor provisions of the bill on Byrd Rule violations, but not before forcing Democrats to vote on a series of politically embarrassing amendments. The Byrd Rule requires that all reconciliation provisions affect the budget.
The Senate is set to reconvene at 9:45 a.m.