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House Can Reduce Spending, Senate Amending

Multiple developments on both sides of Congress today:

The House received their scoring request from CBO, showing that a public plan option set at Medicare payment rates would save $84 billion compared to the Blue Dog desire for rates to be negotiated. The score will be quite a talking point for supporters to use against Blue Dogs that pride themselves for fiscal conservativism and heavily criticize the bill as too costly.

The Senate Finance Committee worked late into the night and began again early this morning going through their bill’s amendment process. Reports this morning indicate that the bill will be voted on in it’s entirety on Tuesday, anticipating the opening of full floor debates as early as Wednsday.

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