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House Democrats scramble to ensure adequate deficit reduction in health bill

Washington Post, March 17, 2010

As Congressional Democrats try to push President Obama's healthcare initiative to final passage this week, the final piece of the package was held up by concerns that it would do too little to reduce the nation's budget deficit, the Washington Post reports. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Democrats were still waiting for congressional budget analysts to determine whether the package—which contains an array of amendments to the healthcare bill aimed at winning over wavering House Democrats—would meet the party's deficit-reduction goals.