Tuesday, January 5, 2010

No Formal Conference Committee Reconciliation for Health Reform?

It looks like the Dems are considering bypassing the formal Conference Committee reconciliation process of forging a single health reform bill to send back to both the House and Senate. Instead, they are considering letting House and Senate Democratic leaders hammer out a bill (in private meetings), probably largely based on the Senate version, to send back to the House.Upon passage in the House, the bill would then go back to the Senate. This approach is being considered to minimize the Republican's ability to delay passage. But, Republicans are concerned this approach "shuts out the American people and breaks one of President Obama's signature campaign promises."

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