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Bingaman Becomes First Member of 'Gang of Six' to Broach Go-It Alone Plan For Dems

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Bingaman spokesman Jude McCartin confirms that he's "still hopeful" that the Finance Committee will "yield a good bill."

"It would be his preference," she said.

But if the effort fails, as Bingaman acknowledged it might, key Democrats say they are prepared to include at least some reform measures in the reconciliation bill. And now we know that at least one of the members of the Senate most committed to bipartisanship would support it.

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