WASHINGTON BUREAU — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be preparing to introduce the Senate’s main health bill Monday.
The Congressional Budget Office is still calculating the cost of the Senate bill, and Reid has delayed unveiling the bill until the CBO “score” is in.
But Reid now has filed a motion that would permit him to introduce the bill Monday. If Reid makes that deadline, the Senate could vote on motion to proceed with consideration of the bill Tuesday.
Senate Democrats want to limit the cost of their health bill to $900 billion over a 10-year period.
The CBO estimates that H.R. 3962, the health bill that the House passed Saturday, would cost $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
In related news, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., today said the House could stay in session nearly up until Christmas Eve, if necessary, to vote for final passage of a health bill and give President Obama a victory.
Reid is likely to get the 60 votes he needs to proceed with floor action Tuesday, but Republicans probably will force a vote on the motion to proceed, according to Ira Loss, an analyst at Washington Analysis, Washington.