“The general sense is that the clock is ticking,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said. A delay in passing a bill could have repercussions heading into 2010, an election year and largely a time when lawmakers hold at bay controversial legislation.
Further, Clinton told members that the longer the reform bill is in play, the less time President Barack Obama will have to trumpet wins on the economy, jobs creation and other planks of his presidential platform.
As for the former president, who in the early 1990s tussled with Congress over a massive reform package shaped by then first lady Hillary Clinton, said he shared some advice with the current crop of Democrats in Congress.
“There is no perfect bill because there are always unintended consequences,” he said. “So, there will be amendments to this effort—whatever they pass—next year and the year after. And there should be. It's a big, complex, organic thing. But the worse thing to do is nothing.”
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