The House Budget Committee is expected to begin marking up the health care reform reconciliation bill on Monday, beginning the next step in the legislative process to get a final health care reform bill sent to the President. Democrats are still awaiting a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, which is expected to be released at some point this weekend.
The reconciliation bill will contain changes to the Senate bill needed to get the support of House Democrats. Passing an amended bill under reconciliation rules will allow the Senate to consider and pass the changes under special rules requiring a simple majority to pass rather than a 60-vote majority. Congressional leaders hope to send a final bill to President Obama no later than the Easter Congressional recess.
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