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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.