Minor Bumps

A new poll from CBS should provide some encouragement to Republicans in the senate working to alter and complicate passage of the health care reconciliation bill.

The poll finds that 62 percent want Congressional Republicans to keep challenging the bill, while 33 percent say they should not do so. Nearly nine in ten Republicans and two in three independents want the GOP to keep challenging. Even 41 percent of Democrats support continued challenges.
Only 1/3rd of Americans want the GOP to back off. That's amazing after all the media hype over the passage of the reform measure on Sunday - you'd expect a major, if momentary, bounce.
(Credit: CBS)
While 37 percent approved of it before the vote, 42 percent approved afterward. Still, there was significant disapproval for the bill. Forty-six percent say they disapprove, including 32 percent who strongly disapprove. Those numbers have barely moved since before the bill was signed.
GOP senators have succeeded in forcing minor alterations to the reconcilliation measure, so it will go back to the house for passage, again, perhaps tomorrow.
The New York Times reports that Senate Democrats "had been hoping to defeat all of the amendments proposed by Republicans and to prevail on parliamentary challenges so that they could approve the measure and send it to President Obama for his signature. But the bill must comply with complex budget reconciliation rules, and Republicans identified some flaws."
It's unclear whether the finagling will succeed in creating real challenges for the Dems.
It’s also possible that Republicans can force more changes to the bill when the Senate reconvenes at 9:45 a.m., with a vote on the bill scheduled for 2 p.m. It wasn’t clear early Thursday morning when the House would vote, but both chambers are anxious to wrap up business to get out of town for the two-week Easter recess.
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