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House Progressive Whacks Conrad and Baucus for Appeasing Heckler


"Part of the problem with the Finance Committee bill is that it's being done to appease people instead of being done to put something together," Grijalva said, calling the process "tainted" and "discredited" and noting that "the people putting it together are ex-lobbyists."

Grijalva insisted he wants to "set the bar high and not do something that's at the lower common denominator."

"If that happens," he said, "I thnk passage of the legislation will be very, very difficult."

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