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Leap Of Faith: House Dems Will Have To Vote For Senate HCR Bill Before Fixes


Pelosi (D-CA) said the House will be acting on the Senate bill and laid out the rules.

"In order to have the Senate bill be the basis and build upon it with the reconciliation, you have to pass the Senate bill, or else you're talking about starting from scratch," she said.

"So we will pass the Senate bill. Once we pass it, the President signs it or doesn't, it's - people would rather he waited until the Senate acted, but the Senate Parliamentarian, as you have said, said in order for them to do a reconciliation based on the Senate bill, it must be signed by the President."

Earlier today, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said the House expects to vote in the next 10 days on the Senate-passed health care bill.

"You can't reconcile a bill you hope to pass," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Republicans for the last week have been attempting to poke at the sore spot between House and Senate Democrats, saying repeatedly that House Democrats are right not to trust their counterparts.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) said today on Fox News the Senate bill "can't be fixed" and that pro-life lawmakers who don't like the upper chamber's bill and House Democrats in general should be worried about it.

"Members don't like the Senate bill, especially with the special deals in it. So why would we vote on it or vote for it, send it to president so he could sign it, it becomes law, then the special deals are law, and then trust that they're going to fix it later? It's not just me, many members said they don't agree with that process," Pence said.