With the Senate working through an all-night session on a package of changes to the Democrats’ sweeping health care legislation, Republicans early Thursday morning identified parliamentary problems with at least two provisions that will require the measure to be sent back to the House for yet another vote, once the Senate adopts it.
After spending the night shooting down Republican amendments to the bill (see here and here), the Democrat controlled Senate had hoped to have the reconciliation process complete and ready for the President’s signature by this morning. With revisions to the legislation now necessary, the changes will have to be sent back to the House for another vote.
Ed Morrissey on the strategy:
…the only effect will be to lengthen the debate on health care. Obviously, that’s exactly what the Republicans want. With 62% of voters wanting the GOP to keep fighting against ObamaCare, their leadership has no reason to let up.
In the end, the delay won’t be particularly significant. The House has no reason to challenge minor fixes and the primary legislation was already signed into law on Tuesday.