Hoyer: Health vote could be held Sunday

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday that the House will likely vote on healthcare reform legislation could be held Sunday.

Hoyer's time frame fell within the range of a prediction made by Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who said earlier in the day that a vote would likely be held this weekend. 

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"We're going to do it as soon as it's ready to be brought to the floor, as soon as we have the CBO numbers that we can have confidence in, and I would say that certainly Saturday and Sunday are possibilities," Hoyer told reporters at the Capitol.

Democratic leaders are waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to release its score of a package of fixes before they move forward on the bill. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) promised the bill be posted on 72 hours before a final vote during the debate on the House's healthcare legislation last year and she is expected to abide by that pledge again.

In the meantime, a number of undecided Democrats or those who indicated they would vote "no" have switched their votes, including liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who flipped his vote from "no" to "yes."

Hoyer had previously shot down a comment Clyburn made Tuesday that the healthcare vote could be pushed past Easter, which is April 4.

The Maryland Democrat controls the legislative calendar and schedule in his capacity as majority leader.