Ever see a Bill from the House?
" ... and for other purposes."
They can strip everything out and send it back for passage. That is exactly what happened here.
The House will be deemed to have passed H.R. 3590 without an actual vote directly by the House on
H.R. 3590, as passed by the Senate.
1. Substitute the Senate-passed health reform bill [H.R. 3590, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
(PPACA] for the Budget Committee legislation.
2. Include President Obama’s proposed changes to H.R. 3590 in the form of a reconciliation bill. This bill is
expected to be posted on the Committees web site some time on March 16th.
3. Report a closed rule, meaning no amendments may be offered during debate on the House floor.
Republicans are expected to be able to offer a motion to recommit, or a motion to recommit with
instructions, which likely would take the form of a complete substitute amendment.
4. The Rules Committee report is expected to contain a self-executing provision which will say when the
House passes the reconciliation measure containing the President’s proposed changes to H.R. 3590, the
House will be deemed to have passed H.R. 3590. In other words, the House would not vote directly on
H.R. 3590, as passed by the Senate. The health reform bill would go to the White House for the President’s
signature. The reconciliation bill, containing changes in H.R. 3590, would go to the Senate for