Democratic aides in both the House and Senate have confirmed to TPMDC that the House of Representatives will likely take up the Senate's health care bill, amend it, and send it back to the Senate for final passage--a process known informally as "ping-pong"--with the hope of avoiding the procedural hurdles that the more standard conference committee process presents.
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Confirming a report that first appeared in The New Republic, aides say the process would mimic the conference committee in a number of ways, while at the same time closing out Republicans and streamlining final passage.
They also provided further details.
"Most conferences, everything's decided by the time you get to the table," one aide said.
In this case, instead of creating a final conference report that both chambers would pass, principals in both chambers would agree upon a package of changes to the Senate bill that passed on Christmas eve. The House would then vote to amend the Senate bill to reflect those agreed-upon changes, pass the legislation, and send it back over to the Senate for--they hope--a final vote.