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Uncertainty Precedes Senate Finance Cmte Vote
Dem holdouts on Senate Finance make final vote uncertain. W. Post: “…Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) remained undecided Sunday. If all 10 Republicans on the panel vote no, two Democratic defections would be enough to send Baucus and the Obama White House scrambling to regroup.” EARLIER: OurFuture.org: Cantwell pledges to vote against bill without public option. — The Treatment: Snowe pledges to vote against bill without full CBO score completed.
The Hill suggests Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid will keep the public option in what he sends to floor: “‘We are going to have a public option before this bill goes to the president’s desk,’ Reid said in a conference call with constituents on Thursday, as reported by the Las Vegas Sun. ‘I believe the public option is so vitally important to create a level playing field and prevent the insurance companies from taking advantage of us.’ On the same day, Harkin gave The Des Moines Register the same message, suggesting clearly that he will side with Reid against Baucus.” Time suggests differently: “‘Reid’s not tipping his hand,’ says one of his aides.”