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Wreckonciliation Sunday: The Demcare schedule in the House

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 21, 2010 06:47 AM


Photoshop: Leo Alberti

Now what, you ask?

As House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced on Friday, the House will convene on this Sunday at 1pm Eastern. There will be a series of votes — listed here by CBS — culminating in a Hail Mary effort by the GOP to kill the bill. That vote on the “motion to recommit” is expected at roughly around 6:00pm-ish.

Chad Pergram at Fox News fills in some of the details:

Unlike the Democrats’ original plan, this rule will not utilize the “deem and pass” method on the Senate bill. While the rule handles BOTH packages, it provides for separate debate and votes on both measures.

Then there will be a procedural vote, called “Moving the Previous Question.” Ignore this. After that, there will be a vote on the rule. Probably not before 4 pm. If the House doesn’t approve the rule, it can’t advance to the underlying issues at hand.

Crunch time.

Next: If whip-happy Nancy Pelosi passes that obstacle, it’s on to the last-ditch effort by the GOP to stop this thing:

The GOP will then be allowed to offer what’s called a “motion to recommit” or MTR. This is the minority party’s last effort to kill the bill…

A short debate will ensue, which probably takes us to at least 6:15 pm.

There will then be a vote on the motion to recommit. That takes us to at least 6:40.

Then we are ready for our final, two big votes of the day.

First: The Senate Demcare bill. Second, the House wreckonciliation proposal.

The “motion to commit” has some Lefties up in arms.

Also unsettling for the Dems: Flaky Democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s conspicuous absence in the House all day yesterday as she jaunted off to a money-grubbing event in Florida instead.

Maybe she’s holding out hope that the Dems will drop the toothless House Ethics Committee probe into possible corruption/nepotism among Sanchez and her staff.

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