House convenes, debate and vote on healthcare repeal rule coming up

The House convened Friday morning at 9:00 a.m., and is now taking up H.Res. 26, the rule governing debate on two healthcare repeal measures. The two measures are H.R. 2, which would repeal last year's healthcare law, and H.Res. 9, which instructs relevant committees to explore ways to improve healthcare coverage.

Today's debate on the rule will last one hour.

The rule was approved last night, in a marathon 12-hour session in which Republicans rejected 30 Democratic amendments, drawing hours of criticism from Democrats. Democrats have also criticized Republicans for drafting a rule that will not allow consideration of any Democratic amendments to H.R. 2. Only one amendment will be found in order for H.Res. 9.

Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) said this morning that the rule is closed because "elections have consequences," and that Republicans promised voters to hold an up-or-down vote on the healthcare bill.

Assuming the rule is approved, it will allow for one hour of debate for H.Res. 9, and seven hours of debate for H.R. 2. Click here for a copy of the rule.

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