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Senate Finance Committee Vote on Public Option Expected Today
C-Span covering Senate Finance debate and vote today.
Public option backers not expecting to win in right-leaning committee, but to build momentum for floor vote. The Hill: “Senate aides and liberal activists say the panel will reject amendments offered by Schumer and Rockefeller to include the public option but that enough Democrats will support it to influence future deliberations. ‘We have a good chance of getting [Sen. Tom] Carper [D-Del.], but [Sen.] Blanche Lincoln [D-Ark.] is still a question mark,’ said a person familiar with committee-level negotiations. ‘We’re going to lose [Sen.] Kent Conrad [D-N.D.] and Baucus, but we’ll strengthen our hand going forward.’ … If a strong majority of Finance Committee Democrats support it, liberals would have a powerful argument that Reid should include the public option in the bill he brings to the Senate floor in the next few weeks.”
Don’t call it a comeback. Politico headline: “Public option may have new life.”