By Vicki Needham - 06/22/10 10:56 PM EDT
House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) said the offsets worked out by the Senate on the Medicare 'doc fix' could be changed once the rest of the tax extenders bill reaches the House.
Levin said there are some "technical issues" with the pay-fors in the 'doc fix' part of the legislation that has undergone weeks of negotiations on both sides of the Capitol.
"There could be more changes," he said.
That could mean at least that part of the bill, which would stop a 21 percent pay cut to doctors, bounces back over to the Senate.
Just because the Senate passed a six-month 'doc fix' "doesn't mean we do it." he said.
Levin said right now he's waiting on the Senate to pass the remaining parts of the bill including popular tax incentives, an extension of unemployment benefits and possibly aid to states for Medicaid.
"We want the jobs bill so they need to pass the jobs bill," Levin told The Hill tonight. "The next step is for them to pass the bill, the basic bill. Senate Republicans have to step up to do that."
The Senate agreed to the new 'doc fix' language last Friday, sending it over to the House. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) expressed disappointment that the jobs portion of the legislation was still stuck in the Senate.
Crossposted from On The Money.