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Democrats Plan an Offensive

He predicted Peterson and Rangel would ultimately climb on board. “Just as we had nine committees on the [2007] energy bill, we were able to create a consensus, and I believe we’ll be able to create a consensus here,” he said.

Hoyer also said he and Pelosi and the rest of the leadership are in sync.

“You have seen over the last two and a half years a very unified party, and I think that remains,” he said.

Indeed, Hoyer spent much of last week as a personal flak jacket for Pelosi on the torture flap, given that she refused to answer any more questions on the issue.

Hoyer said the larger issue of the treatment of detainees could be looked at by a bipartisan, 9/11-style commission as well as the Intelligence committees.

An outside panel could “look at this not from a gotcha or finger-pointing standpoint,” but instead to examine “what happened, how did this happen and how do we go forward.”

Democrats also have a full plate of other agenda items to wrap up, including finishing the war supplemental and turning to fiscal 2010 spending bills and a major transportation bill, and approving a slew of Senate nominations. And they have to resolve the dispute over President Barack Obama’s plan to close the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, prison, and what to do with any displaced detainees.

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