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Obama to offer health bill to ease impasse as bipartisan meeting approaches

New York Times, February 19, 2010

President Obama will put forward comprehensive healthcare legislation intended to bridge differences between Senate and House Democrats ahead of a summit meeting with Republicans next week, senior administration officials and Congressional aides said. Democratic officials said the president's proposal was being written so that it could be attached to a budget bill as a way of averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate, the New York Times reports. The procedure, known as budget reconciliation, would let Democrats advance the bill with a simple majority rather than a 60-vote supermajority.