House Chairmen Say Health Care Deal Imminent

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Two of the House’s most influential chairmen say that health care negotiations between the House, Senate, and President Obama have come so far, that they’ll be ready to send a package to Congressional scorekeepers this weekend.

Congress Daily caught up with Rep. George Miller (D-CA)–chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee–and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY)–chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee–who both acknowledged that a compromise could be just around the corner.

“We hope to be able to send in the next couple days our changes to CBO,” Miller said (sub. req.).

Rangel said they’d have a package ready for scoring by Saturday.

Congressional negotiators and the White House have made significant headway on resolving two of the biggest differences between the House and Senate health care bills in recent days, and it looks like they’re just about ready to wrap things up.

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Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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