Despite optimism among Democratic leaders, the final piece of the newly signed health reform law will have to return to the House for one last vote after the Senate parliamentarian early Thursday morning ruled a small section of it out of order.
Final health reform bill to return to House
Two provisions under the bill's student lending section—about 16 lines in total—were ruled in violation of the strict directions that govern the reconciliation process, according to Politico.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told CNN that the House could vote on the bill later this afternoon after the Senate concludes the amendment process it started on Wednesday.
Senate Democrats are expected to clear the measure on a simple majority vote. The House approved the bill late Sunday.
Hoyer said that he's confident the bill would again be approved. “Obviously, this bill is what we call the improvement section of the bill,” Hoyer said. “It was the agreement between the House and the Senate to make improvements in the Senate bill. And I have no belief that we'll have any trouble passing it through the House.”
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