Rep. Mel Watt just told our Brian Beutler that the whole “self-executing” rule (aka what the GOP was calling the “Slaughter Rule”) thing is off. They’ll vote on the rule, then the reconciliation bill and then the original Senate bill.
Emerging from a whip meeting amidst a swarm of Tea Partiers yelling “Kill the Bill”, Watt told TPMDC: “There’s gonna be three votes as I understand it: the rule, the reconciliation, and the Senate bill.”
In the Rules Committee meeting, Dems are saying that no final decision has been made. But presumably Watt’s statement means that is where this is going.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.