Senate Democrats are determined to achieve a majority of at least 75 votes in the Senate to get healthcare reform approved this summer, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) announced during a teleconference.
Dodd, who joined Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in the teleconference, emphasized the importance of working with Republican colleagues to come up with a bipartisan solution that could be completed before Congress August recess.
Dodd is a member of the Senate Health, Education and Labor and Pensions Committee, and Stabenow sits on the Senate Finance Committee, the two key committees involved in the drafting of major reform legislation. Our intention is to have one piece of legislation between the two committees, Dodd said.
Dodd and Stabenow held their teleconference as lawmakers in both the House and Senate are gearing up to finalize the provisions of the fiscal 2010 budget this week.
When asked if reconciliationa provision spearheaded by some congressional Democrats to fast-track healthcare provisionscould poison the atmosphere with GOP colleagues, Dodd responded that Senate leaders have no desire to actually use this provision in the final budget negotiations. In doing so, the country will lose, Dodd said.