The Hill (a newspaper of Capitol Hill)
11/04/09, 08:42 PM ET
Dems tackle hot-button issues before Saturday healthcare vote
By Mike Soraghan
The House is headed toward a rare Saturday evening vote as Democratic leaders scramble to placate party factions threatening to defeat the healthcare bill over hot button issues such as spending, immigration and abortion.
Meanwhile, AARP is poised to formally endorse the House healthcare bill, according to the AP. The endorsement would be a huge boost to the legislation and would come six years after consumer group infuriated Democrats by backing President George W. Bush’s Medicare prescription drug measure.
House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said she expects the voting to either conclude by 6 p.m. Saturday, or start at 6 p.m., meaning voting would be over around 7 p.m.
The timing means fewer people are likely to see the vote live, but will make it into Sunday papers and dominate the political talk shows. Some members noted that the debate will conflict with the Jewish Sabbath.[….]
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