Baucus: Markup Likely to End No Later Than Friday
Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) kicked off day seven of his committee’s health care markup Thursday by announcing the possibility of finishing up the amendment process late Thursday or at some point Friday.Baucus said more than 100 amendments have been considered thus far, during what has been the longest Senate Finance Committee markup in 15 years. Baucus said Wednesday that he has enough votes to pass his $900 billion health care package — as amended — out of committee.If Baucus completes the markup this week, the process of merging the Finance bill with the more liberal Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee bill can begin. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and White House officials are expected to spearhead that effort.