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Centrist Democrats balk at quick House vote on budget bill – Roll Call

But to adhere to the 72-hour rule in spirit with a vote before the House is scheduled to wrap up for the week on Friday would require the final text to be posted sometime Tuesday. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., said he doubted the text would be ready Tuesday, while Hoyer couldn’t predict whether it would be ready Tuesday night or Wednesday.

“As soon as possible,” Hoyer said.

Even if the text is finalized quickly, it’s unlikely the Congressional Budget Office could score provisions in time to produce an estimate for a Friday vote. The Joint Committee on Taxation may have its estimates of the revenue provisions out in time, but that wouldn’t present the full picture since some cost savings, like on prescription drugs, come from the spending side.

“The [CBO] score is gonna take probably at least 10 days to two weeks,” House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., told reporters Tuesday. 

The five moderates were even more firm in saying they need the CBO and JCT estimates “to ensure the final bill is indeed fiscally responsible.” The group wrote that they can’t support the package “until we have had a chance to review these scores, which provide the true cost of the legislation.”


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