After Caucus Meeting, House Dems Still Don’t Have A Plan

Lauren Victoria Burke

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confirms that in the House Democrats’ caucus meeting this morning, lawmakers did not discuss any detailed plans or options for how to move forward with health care reform.

Hoyer said members instead laid out their concerns and offered suggestions.

With Republican Scott Brown’s Senate win Tuesday night, Senate Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority — and their plan to merge the House and Senate bills and vote on the resulting bill in both houses.But they still hold majorities in both houses. They have several options, as reported by TPMDC: They can pass the Senate bill word for word in the House and then tinker with it using budget reconciliation; they can try to get the support of a Republican in the Senate; or they can break the bill into smaller pieces in the hopes of getting bipartisan support.

But it looks like Democratic leadership has not yet forged a plan.

Reporting by Evan McMorris-Santoro