But Baucus may have alienated Snowe on Wednesday by pushing to defeat an amendment by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) to postpone a final committee vote on the health measure until an official cost estimate was in hand. A visibly agitated Snowe railed against Democrats, saying a complete Congressional Budget Office score was vital before the bill moves on to the floor.
In the world we live in, numbers matter, Snowe said later. I was actually surprised this morning ... that this would not have been a position that would have been embraced by the entire committee with respect to being fiscally responsible.
Despite the challenges, several Democrats cautioned that Baucus has seemed to prevail in the past in the face of controversy. This is a man who ran 42 miles of a 50-mile race with a gash that required eight stitches in his head, said one Democratic lobbyist familiar with the Montana Democrats career. He will find a way to get this off the floor with 60 votes.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.