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Behind closed doors: Baucus wooing Grassley and Enzi

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 14, 2009 04:37 PM

Now is the time to melt the phones and keep public pressure on Washington as Obamacare negotiations are conducted behind closed doors.

Democratic Sen. Max Baucus has set his sights on GOP Sens. Charles Grassley and Mike Enzi:

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus announced Monday that he may unveil his long-awaited health-care bill as soon as Tuesday — and he predicted that Republicans will find plenty to like about it.

The Montana Democrat and his fellow “Gang of Six” Finance Committee negotiators haggled Monday over top Republican concerns, including provisions that would limit medical malpractice cases, bar benefits from reaching illegal immigrants, and block federal funds from subsidizing abortions. The goal from the talks is to win over Sens. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.), two conservatives who have remained at the table all summer despite strong opposition from most of their GOP colleagues.

“Senators on and off the committee, their comfort level is starting to come up a bit,” Baucus told reporters during an afternoon break in talks. “I do believe that strongly, and I believe in the end we’ll have some significant bipartisan support.”

What are your Senators up to this week?

Demand transparency: 202-224-3121.

And hey, speaking of transparency, how about putting a C-SPAN camera in the Gang of Six meeting room (thanks to Twitterer Don Bechtold for the suggestion).

Here’s Sen. Baucus’s number: 202-224-2651.

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