At White House, Gang of Six Pressed to Continue Bipartisan Talks
By Shailagh Murray
President Obama urged six senators to keep up their bipartisan health-care talks, despite scant evidence that their reform legislation is gaining traction among Republicans.
Three Republicans and three Democrats spent an hour with Obama this afternoon, half of it with no staff in attendance. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) called the meeting "very constructive and very honest."
The group discussed the emerging Finance Committee legislation, but also the political dynamics that emerged in recent days as a potentially greater impediment to a bipartisan deal than any single policy provision.
The main hurdle is the continuing lack of Republican interest in the Finance bill, despite the presence of two conservatives, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) at the negotiating table. Grassley and Enzi have repeatedly stated that they don't intend to endorse legislation that does not gain a broader GOP following.
Participants said Obama noted other prospective paths to a Senate deal, including - but not limited to - a budget process known as reconciliation, which would limit the scope of the bill, but protect it from a GOP filibuster. "He wants us to keep working," said Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.).
Posted at 2:30 PM ET on Aug 6, 2009
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