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House Plans Health Care Overhaul Vote Sunday

The House of Representatives plans a vote on its health care overhaul Sunday.

[Update II: The House starts work Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/10:00 a.m. Pacific. Tune in to C-SPAN then to watch the day's political theater! Speculation is that final votes will occur between 6:00 p.m. and midnight Eastern.]

The Wall Street Journal has a good article on what’s happening in the House Rules Committee right now (mid-day Saturday, March 20).

The report indicates that House leaders will put the truly final version of the bill online this afternoon. If the version they previously posted isn’t final, and they go ahead and vote tomorrow, this would violate their pledge to put the text of the bill online for 72 hours before a final vote.

The plan is for the House to “deem” the Senate-passed health care bill as passed, then pass H.R. 4872, the “Reconciliation Act of 2010,” to fix it and send that over to the Senate, which can pass it with a simple majority.

[Update: According to this report in the Washington Post, the House leadership has dropped the "deeming" strategy and will have an up-or-down vote on both the Senate-passed bill and the reconciliation bill.]

This would be the time to communicate with your representative about the process or the upcoming health care vote. The number for the Capitol operator is (202) 224-3121.

Call and ask for your representative’s office. When you are connected, politely tell the person you reach how you would like him or her to vote. If it’s true, you can also say that you will decide how to vote in November based on his or her vote on the bill.

Be polite. You don’t do yourself any favors by being angry or abrupt.

If you need to figure out who your representative is, click here.

In the meantime, I came across a video that does a much more clever job than I did of explaining the “deeming” plan it appears the House leadership will use. The video is from the National Republican Congressional Committee. It has a viewpoint.

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