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House Abruptly Passes Medicare Pay Fix By Voice Vote

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After temporarily recessing the House, GOP leaders emerged from a closed-door meeting and called up the bill for a voice vote. A recorded vote can be demanded by one-fifth of members present in the chamber, but such an objection wasn't mounted. So the bill was subsequently declared passed.

A House Republican leadership aide said Democratic leaders were informed in advance of the voice vote, and therefore given the opportunity to object. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) signed off on the GOP leadership's decision to pass the bill by a voice vote, according to a senior Democratic aide.

Numerous lawmakers griped afterward about the decision to use a voice vote.

The Senate is expected to take up the bill.