While the House is required to initiate reconciliation bills, Hoyer said that doesnt mean the House has to pass the Senate bill before passing a reconciliation package to amend it.
However, he said the president would have to sign the Senate bill before the reconciliation package.
But, perhaps complicating matters further, another senior Senate Democratic aide said the Senate Parliamentarian has already told leaders that a reconciliation bill must amend a law, not a bill that has not yet been signed by the president.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.