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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Iowa Independent: Dems will likely bypass conference to merge health care bills

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Independent

Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley's prediction that the GOP won't
get much of a say in ironing out the differences between the House and
Senate versions of health care reform is apparently coming true, and
the months of delay tactics his party engaged in appears to be the
deciding factor. The New Republic reported late Sunday night that
Democrats are "almost certain" to negotiate informally rather than
convene a formal conference committee. That would keep Republicans
from continuing to stall the legislation, something party leadership
has vowed to do at every step. ... Staffers in both the House and
Senate said Democrats will likely send legislation back and forth to
each chamber until a final version of the bill can be agreed upon.
While it will be far from easy to merge the two bills, the process
will certainly move much faster than it would if Republicans were
included.

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