This source said the current plan is for the House to move the legislation first, but almost simultaneously with the Senate bill, sometime in early to mid-October. He noted, though, that the plan was tentative.
Emanuel continues his behind-the-scenes role in the White House effort, burning up phone lines to Senate offices and hideaways. In every meeting, some Senator says they just talked to Rahm, said one senior Senate Democratic aide.
Also leading the White House drive on Capitol Hill are Congressional liaison Phil Schiliro and White House health czar Nancy-Ann DeParle.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.