Ping Pong on Reconciliation: Senate Votes to Pass Reconciliation Measure, House Must Now Vote Again

The Senate passed the reconciliation bill on health care bill reform (that includes student loan provisions) this afternoon by a vote of 56 to 43. Three Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the bill, Sens. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.). The House of Representatives now has to vote on the reconciliation measure again after Republican senators succeeded at changing several provisions. The House is expected to vote later today.