Several healthcare votes planned for Friday afternoon

A fourth amendment from Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) would prevent funds from being spent on IRS efforts to verify people have healthcare coverage, mandated under the law. Another amendment from Thursday night to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood is also expected to get a vote.

The debates on healthcare were tense at times, and in many ways revisited last year's healthcare debate. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said House Republicans are driving the House into "irrelevance," an apparent recognition that the entire House bill is unlikely to go anywhere in the Senate.

Pelosi also charged Republicans with "standing up for the insurance companies" by trying to end funding for the law.

Several Republicans said the bill needs to be defunded, and one, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said the bill might be the worst law ever passed by Congress. That drew a sharp rebuke from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas.).

"What about the slave laws?" she asked. "What about the fugitive slave laws? How dare anyone suggest this is the worst bill when we give opportunity to all Americans."