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Health bill talks likely a Democratic face-off

Chicago Tribune, January 5, 2010

As congressional Democrats attempt to arrive at a final healthcare bill, they appear increasingly likely to forgo the formal conference committee process for merging House and Senate versions of legislation, instead opting for closely held negotiations between leaders from the two chambers, the Chicago Tribune reports. Under that scenario, the House would be likely to amend the Senate bill before sending that bill back to the Senate for a vote.