Now Roll Call is reporting that Harry Reid wants to jam a foot down those same throats, hoping to duplicate Nancy Pelosi in the Senate by passing some form of the bill by next week. Plausible? You judge:
Senate Democratic leaders are still pushing to bring up their health care reform bill next week, even though the gambit comes with risks as they race against the clock to get a measure passed before the end of the year.Heads-up, America ... here comes Round Two.
“We’re going to get on health care ... before Thanksgiving, or at least give it our utmost to get on that bill,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the floor Monday evening.
By aiming to bring up the bill next week, Reid appears to be calculating that the public relations dangers of suspending debate for the weeklong Thanksgiving recess do not outweigh the need to get debate rolling, given the time-consuming roadblocks Republicans are expected to throw up.
Of course, the timing of any Senate bill depends in large part on when the Congressional Budget Office gives Reid its cost estimate of the bill, something Democratic aides said is expected by the end of this week. The Senate is already eyeing a short workweek, with plans to adjourn tonight for the rest of the week for the Veterans Day holiday.
H/T to Dave