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Mar 18,2009
House chairmen to cooperate on healthcare
by UPI

WASHINGTON -- Three U.S. House of Representatives committee chairman say they will work together to pass healthcare reform advanced by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Democrats George Miller and Henry Waxman of California and Charles Rangel of New York have written to Obama saying similar legislation would be brought to each committee, adding, "We intend to work from a single bill and have that bill considered by the House before the August recess," The New York Times reported.

The willingness of the House committees to work together rather than compete against each other is a departure from the 1990s when President Bill Clinton's efforts to provide universal healthcare was undermined by congressional rivalries, the newspaper said.

Analysts said that while such agreements are no guarantee of success, they could speed passage a healthcare reform bill and make it more difficult for lobbyists to scuttle the administration proposals.

White House officials told the Times they are cheered by the House chairmen's cooperation.

Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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