In what could be their last chance to achieve consensus on health care reform legislation before Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) formally introduces a bill in his committee, the six bipartisan negotiators are to meet Monday at 11 a.m. to see if a compromise remains possible.
Baucus is prepared to a drop a bill as early as Tuesday, with the legislative markup session scheduled to begin next week. The Finance chairman said last week he would move forward with or without a deal from the Gang of Six, which comprises Baucus, Finance ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Democratic Sens. Jeff Bingaman (N.M.) and Kent Conrad (N.D.) and GOP Sens. Mike Enzi (Wyo.) and Olympia Snowe (Maine).
“We meet again [today], we have people working all weekend, a number of us have worked through the weekend,— Conrad said on “Fox News Sunday.— “We think we are very close to an agreement.—
“I’m focusing on getting the best strategy so we can maximize support among Republicans and Democrats and of course the American people. And, we’re working mightily,— Snowe added, on CBS’ “Face The Nation.— “I think it is important to build support, and that’s what I’m looking for. And that’s what we’re all looking for — both Sen. Grassley and Sen. Enzi and the other Members, Chairman Baucus and Sen. Conrad and Sen. Bingaman.—