Senate Finance Mark-Up, Week TwoSeptember 29, 2009 - by Donny Shaw
Week two of the Senate Finance Committee mark-up begins today. Watch it live here:
Here is the full text of bill they are considering:
If the Committee can work out a health care bill that can win the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster, their bill will become the basis for what moves through the Senate, conference committee and finally becomes law. If they can’t produce a bill that holds together that level of support, Senate Democrats will likely push forward with a Democrats-only bill, containing a public option, that they can pass with a tactic that lets them block a filibutser, known as budget reconciliation.
All the big votes in the Committee are yet to come. Chairman Sen. Max Baucus [D, MT] is hoping to have the mark-up finished by Friday. Before that, there will be votes on the public option, Sen. Olympia Snowe’s [R, ME] public option “trigger,” abortion funding, eligibility for undocumented immigrants and more.
The public option vote will happen today. Debate on it has already begun. For reference, here is a link to the co-op provision that Sen. Baucus has proposed instead of a public option in the bill the Committee is considering.