Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
We expecting House Republicans to blend the budget agreement and the doc fix (which adjusts the payment system to physicians’s who accept Medicare) together in the Rules Committee meeting this afternoon to prep the measure for the floor tomorrow.
Fox has learned that Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the top Democrat on the Budget Committee and Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI), the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, will try to file an amendment to require at least a vote on an extension of unemployment insurance on the floor. This issue is near and dear to Democrats.
The Rules Committee serves as the gateway to the floor and it would be signifciant if (and it’s a big if) the GOP allows the unemployment insurance extension to be an amendment in order to the budget plan on the floor tomorrow. The Rules Committee manages the amendment process (that’s why it’s so powerful). But we expect the GOP to block it…And the Democrats will raise cane about it in the committee and on the floor tomorrow.