House poised to pass six-month doc fix

House lawmakers are preparing to vote this evening on legislation delaying a steep cut in Medicare payments to doctors who treat seniors. 

The bill, passed by the Senate on Friday, would postpone the 21-percent cut through November, instead providing a 2.2 percent pay increase. House leaders had delayed the vote all week, hoping that their inaction would put pressure on upper-chamber centrists to support a larger tax package. Senate budget hawks, however, appear poised to kill the tax bill this evening.

The doc fix proposal, which passed the Senate unanimously, is expected to pass the House easily.