Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Conference Committee 3: Non-existent

The Democratic congressional leadership has decided not to convene a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate health care bills. Last week, I wrote about the conference procedure here and here.

I'm not sure of their motive. Polls show significant opposition to the bills among the electorate. To negotiate the differences among the Democrats without holding a bipartisan formal conference, keeps Republican fingerprints even further removed from the legislation. The Democrats seem to be shooting themselves in the foot at the beginning of this mid-term election year.

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