Snowe Supports Move to Delay Finance Committee Bill

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Last night, I reported that there could be a significant delay in the progress of health care reform legislation–that the committee could have to wait for weeks to get a complete CBO score before holding a final vote, or that, if the committee approves the legislation without a score, the full Senate will have to wait two weeks before taking up final health care legislation on the floor.

Right now in the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), is arguing in favor of an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), that would require the committee to wait until the final CBO score is completed before voting on it.

“I don’t know what’s happening that this has to be put on a fast track,” she said.

Chairman Max Baucus doesn’t support the proposal, and neither do most Democrats, but it’s quite telling that Snowe does.

Late update: The Bunning amendment failed (Snowe’s support notwithstanding), but the committee passed an alternative amendment that requires a preliminary CBO analysis be completed before a final vote. And that could still cause a few days’ delay.


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