Washington (CNN) – If House Democrats pass the Senate bill Sunday night, as is expected, a senior administration official said “it won’t be signed today.”
Instead, President Obama will deliver remarks after the vote in the White House East Room.
The president spent the day working the phones in an effort to sway reluctant Democrats, and reach or exceed the 216 “magic number” needed to pass the Senate bill.
Only too eager to show the president fully engaged with his sleeves rolled up, the White House posted two photos of Obama. One photo showed him taking calls in the Oval Office, the other with his legislative team in chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s office.
In just the last week, the president has logged more than 90 calls and meetings on health care, according to a senior aide.
A key breakthrough for the administration came Sunday afternoon, after a crucial agreement on language in a pending executive order. It won the support of holdout Rep. Bart Stupak and other anti-abortion Democrats who wanted assurances that federal funds would not be used to cover abortions.
In a statement, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said the order provided “additional safeguards.”
Mr. Obama plans to issue the executive order “after the passage” of the health care reform bill.
Republicans were quick to attack the latest effort to win support for the president’s top domestic initiative.
House Minority leader John Boehner warned the executive order “can be reversed or altered at the stroke of a pen,” and added that a “yes vote on the Democrats’ health care bill is a vote for taxpayer-funded abortions.”