Hoyer: Senate bill better than nothing

For Immediate Release:

January 19, 2010

Contact:Jake Sherman

Politico

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday passing the Senate’s version of health care overhaul would be better than passing nothing.

Hoyer still expressed confidence that Massachusetts would elect Democrat Martha Coakley to the Senate, avoiding a disastrous scenario for the Democrats’ massive health care overhaul.

But he also said it was feasible that Congress could pass overhaul in the roughly two weeks it will take authorities in Massachusetts to certify the election.

Some House Democrats are talking down the possibility that they will have to accept the Senate bill — a far less sweeping measure that has been criticized by House liberals.

But Hoyer said Tuesday it would be better to pass the Senate bill than nothing — albeit haltingly.

“I don’t want to make a judgment, is the Senate bill better than nothing, although, actually I think the Senate bill clearly is better than nothing,” Hoyer said.

Hoyer added, “Our objective is to get agreement, not to take the Senate bill or the House bill but to come to an agreement as is normal legislative process.”

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