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Republicans to Baucus: We Need CBO, JCT Experts for Vote on Health Bill

Updated 5:57 p.m.
By Sarah Lovenheim
The 10 Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee are urging Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to bring two federal budget experts before the committee when it votes on the panel's health-care bill.

The Republicans want Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf and Chief of Staff to the Joint Committee on Taxation Thomas Barthold to be present for the vote.

"Providing members the opportunity to ask questions of Director Elmendorf and Mr. Barthold before the committee votes would be in keeping with the tradition of transparency in the Finance Committee," the members wrote Baucus, the committee chairman. "It is also in keeping with your commitment, which we appreciate, that, 'in good faith there will be time to look at the score,' and that we will have the opportunity as a committee to respond to issues raised by CBO and JCT before the vote."

A spokesman for the committee said the letter was not necessary since Baucus had already invited both officials to the vote, knowing that members would have additional questions regarding the CBO and JCT's assessment of the bill.

The full text of the GOP letter is here.

By Washington Post editors  |  October 6, 2009; 4:32 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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The Republicans ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR ANY HEALTH CARE BILL!!!! At what point is Baccaus going to realize that they are just stalling to prevent the next big piece of legislation to come up for debate. The Republicans do not want to have to deal with Consumer Protections legislation - so they'd sing, dance and flip flop all over on healthcare reform to stall anything before 2010. There goal is to tell voters that Obama hasn't done anything in 2010. Please close the door on these fools and move on. Next they'll be asking for Jesus to bless the bill. They're on the verge of ridiculous.

Posted by: ATLGuy | October 6, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

All these tactics by the Republicans will not yield one vote in support of the Health Reform Bill. the only thing Senator Baucus should now do is to get the bill passed with the Democratic Majority and leave the Republicans biting the dust.Their partizan outlook will never change. President Obama ran on the premise of change. This is change and the Republicans cannot bear to see Obama succeed and will do anything to derail the process.

Posted by: duketa | October 6, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Healthcare reform should not only address the obesity epidemic (both in adults and children), but should also take into consideration the rising epidemic of dental disease. Diabetes attributed to obesity is also impacting dental health, gum disease in particular. We lack access to affordable dentists in this country. There has been widespread increase of dental caries in children. As focused as we are on cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening, in the United States, the aforementioned dental issues need at least equal attention. We need to contact our local congressmen so that dental care is included in the Obama healthcare reform plan.

Posted by: author1 | October 6, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I hope we get a chance to see the final bill before it is voted on and sent to Obama as promised during his campaign.

Posted by: Sickandtired67 | October 7, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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