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  •  He's chair of the Finance Committee (1+ / 0-)
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    TomP

    Any bill has to contain measures to you know, PAY for it.  Those have to go through the Finance Committee.  That's why he is so powerful.

    That said, it would be posasible to combine the fiscal aspects of Baucus' bill with the benefits parts of the HELP Committee bill, as someone suggested above.  But any bill has to provide funding mechanisms, and the HELP Bill doesn't, because those are the purview of the Fiannce Committee.  This is what gives Baucus his power.

    Democracy needs accountability. Investigate and prosecute the Torture Thirteen.

    by Mimikatz on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 09:51:47 AM PDT

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    •  They should write it in another committee (0+ / 0-)

      apparently, finance gets to write all of the bills because they all cost money...

      There is no good reason for Baucus being in charge, nor for the finance committee to be the lead dog.  

      Any committee can write a bill.  Any Senator can as well, but whatever he or she writes will have to make it through committee before it reaches the floor for a vote.  

      Baucus is writing something he thinks can pass.  I hope it does not and that we throw him out of office in a primary soon.

      Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10

      by not2plato on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 10:10:47 AM PDT

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