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  •  It was Ron Wyden, Oregon's senior senator. (2+ / 0-)
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    who signed that 'Gang of Six" July 17 letter, along with Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Landrieu, Snowe and Collins.  

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Text of letter:
    http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com...

    "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

    by CKendall on Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 04:38:31 PM PDT

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    •  I was talking about this one: (0+ / 0-)

      which Merkley signed:

      While the Senate leadership, President Obama, Senate liberals and House Democrats continue to express impatience with Baucus's efforts to forge a deal with Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and other Republicans on a healthcare reform package, these freshman senators offered their backing of the process and the issues Baucus is pursuing.

      We applaud you and Sen. Grassley for your continued work and dedication toward a bipartisan effort

      •  I haven't seen the full text of the letter to (0+ / 0-)

        Baucus (do you have a link?) which Merkley signed, so I don't know if there was a specific request to slow down the process.  The July 17 letter which Wyden signed called for "taking additional time to achieve a bipartisan result" and urged Reid and McConnell "to resist timelines which prevent us from achieving the best result."

        "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

        by CKendall on Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 06:25:21 PM PDT

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        •  Unfortunately... (0+ / 0-)

          I haven't been able to find a copy of the letter, but there's more info here:

          Baucus has been courting the freshmen in recent weeks, hosting meetings with groups of them in his office in between his negotiating sessions with Grassley, Democratic Sens. Kent Conrad (N.D.) and Jeff Bingaman (N.M.) and Republican Sens. Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Grassley.

          The freshman senators, like Obama and the centrist Blue Dog Democrats in the House, place special emphasis on urging Baucus to come up with policies to reduce long-term healthcare spending.

          "We hear daily from our constituents about this issue; many of them are concerned that we are not doing enough to control costs. We strongly urge the Senate Finance Committee to continue to remain centered on realigning incentives to stabilize healthcare costs," the letter says.

          I like their emphasis on cutting long-term costs.

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