Despite Hoyer's notice, Congress and the White House agreed to up-or-down votes on last year's healthcare law and funding for Planned Parenthood, in both the House and the Senate, as a condition of last year's budget agreement.

Passage of either of the health-related amendments in the House would not formally mean they are attached to the fiscal 2011 spending bill — the Senate would have to approve them as well, which is not expected to happen.

Heavy Democratic opposition to the rule for H.R. 1473 will not necessarily lead to heavy Democratic opposition to the bill itself, as many Democrats are expected to support the bill funding the government for the rest of the year. Democrats several times this year have opposed the rules for considering legislation, but then voted for the underlying measure.