Updated Timing Guidance on Health Care Votes

***This is subject to change and updates****

Here is is an updated timetable as of 9:15pm ET.

Bottom line: I expect us to get to the last vote series sometime within the next hour, if not before. Once that happens, we can start to work off the following event sequence.

Watch for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to be the last speaker if not the speaker. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the dean of the House, the longest-serving member in House history, could also be a candidate to speak last.

When debate finishes, the following events will unfold.

Republicans are allowed to offer a Motion to Recommit, which is their final effort to kill the bill.

A short debate will ensue. Usually no more than 5 or 10 minutes.

  • Slight change…A motion to recommit, if artfully written, could potentially blow up a bill. The scuttlebut is that the Republicans could offer a motion to recommit (MTR) on abortion. They try to write the MTR’s in a way that it gets lawmakers from swing districts to take a tough vote.

Expect FIVE votes in this series.

The first vote will be the SENATE BILL. That is the SECOND OF OUR THREE CRITICAL VOTES.

  • If the House passes this bill, then it is in synch with the Senate. That bill can now be sent to the White House and become law.

This vote will run 20 minutes.

The second vote is on the motion to recommit.  It will be a 15 minute vote.


The third vote will be a five-minute vote.

The fourth and final final votes will be what’s known in Congressional terms as a “backstop.” These are just vote on extraneous matters.

Again, this is subject to change.

Expect the House Democrats to do a final press conference at the end.

UPDATE: Below is the official vote sequence from the Majority Leader's Office

• Note that the debate on the motion to reocmmit comes AFTER….the key vote on the Senate bill..

1) Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments to H.R. 3590 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Reps. Waxman/Levin/George Miller – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means/Education and Labor) –– 15 minutes

10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit

2) Motion to Recommit H.R. 4872 –– 15 minutes

3) Final Passage of H.R. 4872 - Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Rep. Spratt – Budget) –– 15 minutes

4) H.Res. 1099 - Recognizing the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima (Rep. Braley - Armed Services) Suspension bill – 5 minutes

5) H.Res. 1119 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that all people in the United States should participate in a moment of silence to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of members of the United States Armed Forces both at home and abroad (Rep. Peters - Armed Services) Suspension bill – 5 minutes