WASHINGTON - October 8, 2009 Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid said the Finance Committee
will vote at that time on a 10-year, $829 billion proposal that
covers 94 percent of eligible Americans while reducing the deficit.
The positive estimate by the Congressional Budget Office was a
breakthtrough for Montana Sen. Max Baucus, the plan's author.
Reid strongly criticized Republicans who are virtually unanimous
in opposition, saying GOP leaders don't want to be "productive
partners," but "partisan protesters" instead. Republican Leader
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the good news on costs is
"irrelevant" because Democrats will pump up the Baucus bill to
make it more expensive.
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