Baucus not worried about CBO score

by Jeffrey Young
The Hill

Senate Finance chairman expects panel to approve healthcare legislation in coming days after independent cost estimate.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) expects his committee will approve healthcare legislation in the coming days, saying an independent cost estimate won’t unhinge the bill’s progress.

The panel is waiting on a score from the Congressional Budget Office before holding a final vote, but Baucus doesn’t think it will force them to return to the drawing board. “I expect that we will not have to go back and change because of the CBO score. That’s my expectation,” he said.

Baucus said he was unaware of when the score would be available, but was hopeful would come in time to allow a final vote this week. If not, the vote would be pushed off until next week.

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