Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said at the begin of today's hearing that there would not be time to get to the public option amendments today. He expects to debate and vote on the public option amendments on Tuesday.
Yesterday, Sen. Schumer and Rockefeller pushed hard for a vote today on their public option amendments.
The order in which the three public option amendments and Snowe's “safety net” trigger amendment are brought up for a vote should be the focus of intense back room negotiations over the weekend.
Another wild card on Tuesday will be the issue of co-ops. The idea has drawn bipartisan opposition on the Committee. It is possible that the liberal Democrats could join with conservative Republicans and strip the co-ops idea from the bill.