Wait Until Tuesday for Finance Cmte. Health Bill Vote

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Oct 8, 2009 10:19am

Senate Leader Harry Reid announces that Finance Committee will vote on Tuesday.
ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf  has more… 

This assures that a health reform bill will not be on the Senate floor until the week after next at the earliest. Republicans, for their part, are downplaying the relative low cost and deficit neutrality Baucus bill as “irrelevant,” because, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor this morning, “it’ll never see the light of day.” And he’s right to a point. The Finance Committee bill will be interwoven by Democrats (and probably some heavy input from the lone Republican who might support a comprehensive reform bill – Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe) with the HELP Committee bill into whatever is considered on the Senate floor. There’s a good chance that the emphasis in whatever Democrats create will be on the Finance Committee bill, however, because it can draw centrist Democrats and perhaps Snowe. Here’s how McConnell described what will happen: “The real bill will be cobbled together in some secret room in the Capitol by a handful of Democratic Senators and the White House.”

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