Members’ Patience Tested at Health Care Markup

Posted September 30, 2009 at 11:59am

Mild bickering dominated the Wednesday morning session of the Senate Finance Committee’s markup on a health care reform package as Members continued to wade through a series of amendments to the $900 billion plan.While there were no major partisan blowups, Baucus hit some headwinds trying to keep the markup moving and at times ran into resistance from Republicans trying to keep alive the debate on some of their proposals. At one point, Baucus tried to cut off Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and move to a vote on a GOP amendment, saying the Nevadan’s comments were “redundant.— Ensign responded by saying that Baucus was being “ridiculous— and complained about being cut off. The Finance chairman ultimately allowed Ensign to finish his comments.The Finance markup was scheduled to be in recess until 2:15 p.m. Baucus said he expects the committee to work late into Wednesday evening.