The Senate Finance Committee hearings on healthcare restructuring will resume Tuesday due to the Monday holiday. The hearing is expected to continue over this week, with many of the most contentious amendments still awaiting consideration. Sen. Baucus hopes to complete the mark-up Thursday or Friday of this week.
It has been reported that the Senate as a whole could take up its health care reform bill as soon as the week of Columbus Day Oct. 12. It is expected that once the Senate Finance Committee mark-up is complete, that Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Chris Dodd (who was at the helm of the Senate HELP mark-up), and Sen. Baucus will attempt to mesh the two Senate versions together. Sen. Reid has repeatedly suggested the Senate could take Columbus day week off for a recess, "but the health care reform debate would likely take precedence."