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Foxx calls for public health care bill negotiations

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-5) has joined her House Rules Committee Republican colleagues in pressing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to honor the request of C-SPAN to cover the remainder of the healthcare debate. 

In a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Foxx along with Ranking Republican David Dreier (R-CA), Congressmen Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Pete Sessions (R-TX), pointed out that while the negotiations so far have been kept from public view, there is still an opportunity to honor the pledges for openness and transparency made by President Obama and Speaker Pelosi.  

The letter to Pelosi states: “Despite President Obama’s pledge as a candidate that negotiations on any healthcare reform would be broadcast on C-SPAN, both the House and Senate sent versions to the floor that had been hammered out behind closed doors.  In the House, in particular, the floor proceedings that were broadcast were nothing more than a formality.  Unfortunately, your decision to drastically restrict the amendments allowed for consideration meant there was little real debate for the public to see.”

The full text of the letter is available here.


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