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Finance Republicans Want CBO Director Present for Vote

Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday asked Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to require Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf and Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Thomas Barthold be present when the panel reconvenes to hold its final vote on its amended health care reform package.The request came in the form of a letter to Baucus. The Finance Committee is due to vote on the bill at some point after the CBO delivers its revised cost estimate, which could come as early as Wednesday. “In keeping with [President Barack Obama’s] request that health care reform be revenue neutral over a ten year period and reduce the growth of health care spending over the long run, it is important that Members have an opportunity to ask questions about the legislation’s deficit impact within the ten year period and beyond,— all 10 Republican Finance members wrote.The pre-markup version of the package was scored at $900 billion over 10 years.

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