October 8th, 2009
11:25 AM ET
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Key health care vote set for next Tuesday

The Senate Finance Committee will vote on its long-awaited health care bill next Tuesday.
The Senate Finance Committee will vote on its long-awaited health care bill next Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Senate Finance Committee will vote on its long-awaited health care bill next Tuesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on the Senate floor Thursday.

On Wednesday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the amended version of the legislation would cost $829 billion over the next 10 years.

It would also reduce the deficit by over $80 billion, the office concluded.

The Finance Committee is the last of five congressional panels to consider health care legislation before debate begins in the full House and Senate. Committee members were waiting for the budget office's cost analysis before voting on their version of the bill.


The measure was initially drafted by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, after months of negotiations with five other panel members - three Republicans and two Democrats. It represents the only proposal so far with the potential to attract any Republican support.

After the Finance Committee votes on its measure, the Democratic leadership in each chamber will meld together single, separate proposals for floor debate in coming weeks.

–CNN's Brianna Keilar contributed to this report


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  1. dave

    Several right wing Democrats are not on track to vote for Health Care. Many are taking money from the Health Care industry. We need their support for better health care in this country, ranking #17 in the world. We need to start electing representatives that care for the voters and not big business. Over the next few years we need to vote these people out of office that do not support what the people want. Money seems to be their only motives.

    October 8, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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