Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders just emerged from a closed-door caucus meeting that included a personal appearance by President Obama confident the House will pass a sweeping health care reform bill today.
I can't get any of the live streams to play, and I'm not near a television. If you're watching, feel free to use this as a liveblog of the House proceedings.
UPDATE 6:29PM: I've been watching the proceedings on CSPAN for the last couple of hours. Virginia Foxx wasn't as crazy as I was hoping. But the cavalcade of shameless Republicans quoting Frank Luntz's ridiculous memo is hilarious. It's like watching a Daily Show repetition montage, but in slow motion. Speaker Pelosi is speaking now, so hopefully we'll get to the amendments soon.
UPDATE 9:18PM: Via Huffington Post:
Today we will pass the Affordable Health Care for America Act," Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the House floor Saturday evening. Politico is reporting that Democrats have at least the 218 votes needed to pass the bill. Four Democratic aides tell HuffPost the same thing.
If Mike Pence were capable of human emotion, he'd be really upset by this news.
UPDATE 10:27PM: The stupid Stupak Amendment passes. Shitty. The Republican Plan has failed with one Republican voting against it. On to the final bill...
UPDATE 11:10PM: The House bill has passed! 220-215. One Republican, Joseph Cao, voted for the bill.