Start Your Engines – Reconciliation Markup Begins Monday

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The House budget committee took a procedural step late Sunday night that opens the door to begin moving a reconciliation package on Monday. The committee posted what it’s calling “The Reconciliation Act of 2010,” but which I’m told is just the vehicle House Democrats will use to put together a subsequent package of changes to the Senate bill.

This is the Democrats’ last shot to make health reform happen this year and they intend to do it quickly. Expect to see major procedural progress – or major stalls – happen every day this week. The relatively quiet days have to end if Congressional Democrats really hope to wrap up the legislation by the time President Obama leaves the country on March 21.