Washington (CNN) –Top White House aides say that even if the House passes health care reform on Sunday, President Barack Obama is not planning to a big public signing ceremony because the Senate will still have to pass the reconciliation fixes in the legislation.
Instead, White House aides say, the president is likely to deliver relatively low-key public remarks on Sunday congratulating the House if it passes the legislation that day as Obama advisers now expect.
On Sunday, Obama will also sign the portion of the legislation that deals with the original Senate bill if that plan is confirmed by the Senate parliamentarian after all of this weekend's final machinations in the House.
But since the Senate will still have to pass the reconciliation fixes, aides say the president does not want to have a major pep rally on Sunday.
Aides note the president has already made more than three dozen calls to fence-sitting House members this week alone, and they say those calls will continue to senators next week when attention shifts there.
White House aides also say the president is contemplating a larger rally-the-troops event with Democrats at the White House next week as an attention-getter. They believe that could build more momentum in the days
leading up to the final Senate vote, rather than a big ceremony this Sunday after the House vote that would be old news by the time the Senate votes.