The House Ways and Means Committee voted landmark health care legislation out of committee this morning on a 23-18 vote. Three Democrats--Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and John Tanner (D-TN)--joined Republicans in opposing the bill.
Ways and Means has jurisdiction over taxation, and approved a financing measure that would impose a surtax on wealthy Americans. That provision, though, may be a non-starter
in the Senate.
The Education and Labor, and Energy and Commerce Committees are still at marking up the same bill. Energy and Commerce is expected to round out work on the bill next week, although due in part to the political make-up of the panel, that will be a harder climb.