Saturday, September 28, 2013

House Rules Committee Saturday Evening Meeting on CR Announced

The House Rules Committee just announced that it would meet at 5:30 EDT today to form the rule for the consideration of the Senate amendment to HJ Res 59 and a new bill HR 3210, the Pay Our Military Act. The language for that bill has yet to be published, but it appears that it will be a bill that would ensure that in the event of a government shutdown that military members and perhaps DOD employees would still be paid.

There are news reports (see for instance) that the Republicans intend to modify the Senate approved version of HJ Res 59 by restoring the end date to December 15th, extending the Obamacare implementation date by one year, and repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax included in Obamacare.

A vote could possibly come this evening and would probably pass on straight party-line vote. It would then go back to the Senate for final action on Monday. Sen. Reid has vowed that any bill changing the Obamacare implementation would not pass in the Senate.

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