I’m back in action at Twitter after having to step away for a few hours. The biggest news, of course, is that Stupak – and along with him several other pro-life Dems – have caved based on the WH’s agreement to write an executive order essentially upholding the Hyde Amendment. There are some grumblings from multiple GOP sources on Twitter that the EO is meaningless and can’t be used to override a bill passed by Congress. I’m sure we’ll find out more about that in the days to come as the debate over reconciliation moves to the Senate.
And speaking of, some GOP Senators are speaking out, saying that Democrats are delaying a meeting with the Senate Parliamentarian for a reason:
WASHINGTON DC – Senate Democrats have balked at a bi-partisan meeting with the Senate Parliamentarian to discuss a rule violation that could doom the entire House reconciliation proposal.
DON STEWART, McCONNELL SPOKESMAN: “Republicans have been trying to set up a meeting with Senate Democrats since yesterday to discuss this fatal point of order but have been met with nothing but silence. We suspect Democrats are slow walking us so as to have the House vote first. Since Senate Democrats refuse to meet with us and the Parliamentarian, we’ve informed our colleagues in the House that we believe the bill they’re now considering violates the clear language of Section 310g of the Congressional Budget Act, and the entire reconciliation bill is subject to a point of order and rejection in the Senate should it pass the House.”
I’m hearing that the actual vote probably won’t happen until sometime after 10 8:30 PM tonight (Eastern time) and that Obama will make a speech after the vote, even if it’s really late.
And tomorrow: The President signs the bill into law?
Lots of talk/debate still going on at the #HCR hashtag. Make sure to check it often. I’ll be around on and off for the next several hours posting there.