Weekend healthcare debate, votes on tap

Dec. 4, 2009 at 5:52 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Predictions of weekend work on the healthcare reform bill came true Friday, as Majority Leader Harry Reid said amendments would be considered this weekend.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. Saturday to consider an amendment offered by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., that would limit compensation for health insurance executives and a Republican amendment, The Hill reported. Votes were scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Debate on Sunday was to begin at noon, with votes scheduled to begin about 6 p.m.

Reid's plan was tentative, though, because Republicans retained the right to delay the votes, the Washington publication said. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky did not object to Reid's proposal.

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