Senate to vote on Republican amendments 

The Senate soon will begin voting on amendments to the health care reform "corrections" bill now under debate. The official voting is supposed to start later this afternoon, with the GOP hoping to force Democrats to go along with some of the amendments. And some of them will be very hard for Democrats to oppose (see the Coburn amendment below).

If any pass, the bill will have to go back to the House for approval because it will differ from the measure the House passed on Sunday.

The GOP list of amendments is very long, and could get much longer. Republicans said they believe because the bill is being considered under budget reconciliation rules, which will allow passage with just 51 votes, they are allowed to offer an unlimited number of amendments. But Democrats will likely cut them off Thursday or Friday.

Here's a list of some of the amendments:

 

- Allowing states to opt out of the provisions of the health care bill - offered by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas

 

- No erectile dysfunction medications for sex offenders - Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

 

- Medicare savings must be used to extend life of Medicare - Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H.

 

- To ensure that the president, cabinet members, all White House senior staff and congressional committee and leadership staff are purchasing health insurance through the health insurance exchanges established by the health care bill - Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

 

- To exclude devices for persons with disabilities from the medical device tax - Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

 

- To eliminate the sweetheart deals for Tennessee, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Connecticut, and frontier States - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

 

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