Senate health-care debate still weeks away
by Shailagh Murray
Although the House appears on track to begin a floor debate on health care this week, the Senate showdown looks to be several weeks off.
Senate Democratic leadership aides said they don't expect the Congressional Budget Office to deliver an official cost analysis of the Senate health-care reform legislation until next week at the earliest -- just in time for lawmakers to leave town for a three-day Veterans Day break scheduled for Nov. 11-13.
That leaves just about a week before members of Congress scatter again for Thanksgiving. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) could launch the health-care debate during that period, but the window is almost certainly too narrow to finish the job. Given the numerous amendments and procedural challenges that are expected, Senate deliberations could take two weeks or longer, said Reid spokesman Jim Manley.
But Democratic lawmakers said the Christmas deadline for sending legislation to President Obama remains realistic. "We're moving well, we really are," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
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November 2, 2009; 6:35 PM ET
Categories: Health Reform
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