On the afternoon of Dec. 11, five Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives huddled to hammer out discord over a surprise billing proposal, just days before a deadline to fund the government.
The spending bill was the best chance lawmakers had to pass surprise billing legislation before the end of the year, as it would insulate them from taking a vote that would divide the powerful corporate interests. But now that prospect was in jeopardy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) met with Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone, Ways & Means Chair Richard Neal (Mass.) and Education & Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott (Va.), and Pelosi gave the committee chairs until 11 a.m. the next day to work out their differences on the measure….