GOP leader: All House GOP members to offer amendments at Rules panel

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) predicted Thursday that all House Republicans will head to the Rules Committee in an effort to amend and/or speak about the healthcare reform bill that will be voted on this weekend.

The move could significantly delay a final vote on healthcare reform.

During an appearance on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" show, Sessions noted that members are allowed to go to the Rules panel to make the case for amendments or discuss a measure that is headed for a floor vote.

The Rules Committee is likely to reject most, if not all, GOP amendments. But the process of every House Republican member talking about healthcare reform would be time consuming.

Sessions, who heads the National Republican Congressional Committee,  said that he thinks C-SPAN employees will be working overtime during the Rules Committee deliberations.

Sessions's comments are consistent with Minority Leader John Boehner's (R-Ohio) vow to do everything he can to thwart the healthcare measure.

UPDATED at 5:55 p.m. Sessions's spokeswoman called to say that the "congressman noted the opportunity that members always have to testify about their positions before the Rules Committee, and he predicted that the interest level among GOP members in utilizing this opportunity would be extremely high."

The Hill has amended the post to reflect that Sessions said that he anticipates that all GOP members will show up.