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McConnell Statement on CBO Report

6:20 PM, Oct 7, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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A statement from Sen. McConnell on the CBO's report on the Finance Committee bill:

"This partisan Finance Committee proposal will never see the Senate floor since the real bill will be written by Democrat leaders in a closed-to-the-public conference room somewhere in the Capitol. The real bill will be another 1,000-page, trillion-dollar experiment that slashes a half-trillion dollars from seniors' Medicare, raises taxes on American families by $400 billion, increases health care premiums, and vastly expands the role of the federal government in the personal health care decisions of every American."

The "real bill" is the actual legislative language that will be signed into law (if it passes); the Finance Committee will vote on a bill written in "conceptual language." As Mary Katharine writes below, the report states that "The Chairman's mark, as amended, has not yet been converted into legislative language. The review of such language could lead to significant changes in the estimates of the proposal's effects on the federal budget and insurance coverage."