Congress has hammered out a compromise today that will “restore nutrition and hydration to Miss Schiavo,” in the words of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
The deal calls for the U.S. Senate to convene briefly today for a vote on adjournment. The procedural move would then permit the House to reconvene after its declared recess earlier this week. An aide to Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada says the House could approve the Senate version of a measure that would put Schiavo’s case into federal court.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is expected to call the House into special session tomorrow for a vote for final approval of the measure.
“We are confident that this compromise addresses everyone’s concerns,” says DeLay. “All sides agree that this is the best way to proceed.”
The earlier bill passed by the House would have created a role for federal courts in all such end-of-life cases, whereas the Senate version provides narrower “private relief” to Terri Schiavo’s parents.
President Bush is expected to sign the bill as soon as it is delivered to him.