In Shift, House Now Agrees to Two-Month SGR Fix

UPDATED: 6:17 p.m.

That two-month freeze of physician Medicare rates has returned from the dead.

Late this afternoon, House Speaker John Boehner announced that the House will pass a two-month freeze of the pending 27% Medicare pay cut “before Christmas,” along with extensions of the payroll tax and unemployment benefits.

Barring another last-minute surprise, the vote is expected to come Friday morning on motions for unanimous consent in each chamber.

In return, Senate Major Leader Harry Reid agreed to appoint Democrats to a conference committee that will get to work early in January to negotiate a longer freeze. As Reid noted, “Two months is not a long time.”

We’ll watch the proceedings Friday morning and keep you updated.

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