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Pelosi, Reid Work Separately

Bill Clark/Roll Call
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been so focused on getting a health care bill through the House that coordination with the Senate on the issue hasn’t been a priority.

Lawmakers witnessed Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) confront Baucus on the House floor about his approach to the legislation. Shea-Porter, in an interview, said she knows Baucus’ committee faces “a huge challenge” but doesn’t believe its membership is reflective enough of the broader population.

The White House needs to coordinate the entire process, particularly since the president’s message and strategy tend to hold more weight when the party is split.

“I think we can do more [coordination with the House], but, you know, I think the No. 1 messenger on all of these has to be the president,” Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said. “We have the bully pulpit now. We haven’t had it in eight years, and that matters a great deal. But having a good coordinated message matters, and leadership’s trying to do that.”

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