House Democrats waxed optimistic that healthcare reform legislation will pass their chamber this Sunday, as more undecided lawmakers in the party climbed aboard the $940 billion bill that aims to provide insurance coverage for 32 million more Americans.
“We will have the votes ... when the roll is called,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters as he left a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said the “great news” from the Congressional Budget Office on the bill’s cost savings boosted enthusiasm among caucus members for the legislation.
“None of us thought this kind of savings would be achieved from this bill ... $138 billion in the first 10 years, $1.2 trillion in the second 10 years. This is the biggest deficit reduction bill all of us will have the opportunity to vote on. So, that’s great news,” Clyburn said. “I feel very sure that we’ll vote sometime Sunday and the bill will pass.”