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Friday, September 18, 2009

Iowa Independent: Braley resists bashing Baucus bill, focuses on final product

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Although some members of the U.S. House have voiced firm opposition to
the long-awaited initial health care reform bill presented this week
by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), chairman of the Senate Finance
Committee, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) isn't necessarily among
them. The process is not a sprint, he reminded reporters on his
Thursday morning conference call, but more of a marathon in which the
finish line must remain the top priority. "I'm not at all happy with
some of the things that were left out of the Senate (Finance
Committee) bill, but the reality is that this is not the final Senate
bill. It is the chairman's mark," Braley said. "It was the product of
work by six senators and, in the end, we're not sure how much the
Republican senators contributed to this chairman's mark since none of
them support (it)."

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