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Friday, October 2, 2009


The Senate finance committee wrapped up late Thursday night. Voting on over one-hundred amendments, the Congressional Budget Office will now be charged with the task of giving the bill a final score on its cost. Once a preliminary score is given (and so long as it does not go over the anticipated amount- which would mean further amending next week), the Finance committee will meet and have a final vote. The bill is expected to pass.

At that point, the Help, Education, Labor and Pensions Bill must be merged with what is voted out of the Finance Committee and then this merged bill will come before the full Senate for more amendments, debate, and a final vote.

Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV) had submitted several Advance Care Planning amendments, but none were brought up in the committee. These dangerous amendments can still be offered when the full Senate begins debate on a merged bill.

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