By Bridget Johnson - 03/12/10 10:16 PM EST
Healthcare reform shifted into high gear again this week with Congress
and the White House barreling toward a deadline not quite agreed upon,
but the Senate parliamentarian put the brakes on that effort with a
surprise ruling on reconciliation rules.
The Thursday ruling decreed that President Barack Obama must sign the
broader Senate healthcare legislation before the upper chamber can take
up changes demanded by the House. This means House Democrats would have
to rely on a vow that senators will pass the changes after the
healthcare bill is signed into law. On Friday, House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she will need “certain assurances” from Senate
Democrats before the House votes on healthcare reform as early as next
week. Obama even decided to postpone an overseas trip by three days in
order to stick with the legislative effort.
Stay on top of the latest developments in the healthcare reform push on
TheHill.com this weekend, including White House spokesman Robert Gibbs
and senior adviser David Axelrod making the rounds on the Sunday
morning news shows.
The Hill will be updating its whip count on healthcare reform throughout the weekend.
Also on TheHill.com this weekend:
- When he unveils financial overhaul legislation on Monday, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) will be attempting to reconcile liberal demands for tough action against Wall Street against the vote-counting realities of the Senate. Financial writer Silla Brush has the story.
- What's the left's answer to the Tea Party movement? The Coffee Party. Campaign reporter Sean J. Miller looks at the "burgeoning netroots political movement has emerged from what its founder characterized as 'ranting on my Facebook page.'"
- Hoping to create jobs and reduce carbon emissions, lawmakers used
the stimulus package to expand a tax break to encourage homeowners to
make energy efficiency improvements. But the credit also came with a
catch: Congress raised the eligibility requirements for products that
would qualify, which left some window manufacturers outside looking in.
The Hill's Jim Snyder reports on the fight between environmental groups
and businesses over the tax break.
Read these stories and much more — plus continuous news updates in the Blog Briefing Room, Twitter Room, Hillicon Valley, E2-Wire, Ballot Box and the new financial blog, On the Money — over the next few days at TheHill.com.