Reconciliation Bill Goes Online, Starts 72-Hour Clock

The House Rules Committee just posted the health care reconciliation bill online.

Because the legislative text must be posted for 72 hours before a vote, the House is looking at a vote sometime mid-afternoon Sunday.A spokesman for the Rules Committee told reporters that a hearing, which will set the terms for debate, will likely take place Saturday morning. The House is scheduled to be in session Friday, Saturday and Sunday for votes.

Republicans have been pushing Democratic leadership to televise the Rules hearing. They plan to spend the next three days attacking Dems over the “deem and pass” process — one they also used when in the majority.

President Obama today postponed a planned trip to Indonesia and Guam in order to be in town when the bill passes, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. He will go to Indonesia in June.

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Additional reporting by Christina Bellantoni

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