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BREAKING: Hoyer--Letter From Senate Democrats in Hand

President Obama is about to address House Democrats in the auditorium of the Capitol visitors' center. Standing in front of the entrance, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer just made a few key announcements:

- He confirmed that the House would vote on the Senate bill and the reconciliation amendment separately.

- There will be two hours of debate on the reconciliation bill. A vote on the Senate bill will follow immediately after that.

- The Senate bill will go directly to the president for a signature, while the amendments go to the Senate.

- Perhaps most important, House leaders have seen a letter, signed by more than 50 Senate Democrats, saying they will vote for the reconciliation amendment.