Senate Democrats said they have agreed to a plan that would break Republican-led efforts to delay votes on a sweeping $848 billion measure to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, but declined to share the blueprint with reporters.
Democrats met en masse with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who reportedly outlined a path that would force a vote on GOP amendments that otherwise would gum up the legislative process and effectively kill the chance that a bill would be passed by year-end.
The leader could take steps as early as today to quicken the legislative timeline. Since debate began this week, a handful of amendments—some by Democrats, others by Republicans—have failed to reach even the first vote. The slow pace had the Senate's No. 2 Democrat accusing the opposing party of stalling.