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.
Washington Post editors
October 6, 2009; 4:32 PM ET
Categories: Health Reform
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