Thursday, March 25, 2010

ObamaCare Sent Back To House: Now What?

Last night in the wee hours, Senate Republicans forced a change in the Senate ObamaCare bill approved by the House just days ago, thus sending the bill back to the House for another vote.

From the New York Daily News:
It was initially unclear how much of a problem this posed for Democrats hoping to rush the bill to Obama and avoid further congressional votes on what has been a politically painful ordeal for the party.
A big problem, I hope. 
Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said Republicans consulting with the Senate parliamentarian had found "two minor provisions" that violate Congress' budget rules. The provisions deal with Pell grants for low-income students.

Manley said those two provisions will be removed from the bill, and he expected the Senate to approve the measure and send it to the House. Manley said Senate leaders, after conversations with top House Democrats, expect the House to approve the revised measure.
"Minor" is in the eyes of the beholder. These "minor" problems are with the Gov't nationalization of the student-loan industry, which the Dems shoe-horned into the Senate ObamaCare bill. As the bill now stands, it is no longer legal for private banks to issue student loans.

Welcome to the Land of the Free, where you can't get a college loan without a stamp of approval from the Democrat Party.

Yesterday, the Senate voted for nine uninterrupted hours on 29 Republican amendments to the legislation, all of which were defeated by Democrats. The Senate is scheduled to reconvene this morning at 9:45.

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