With the Baucus plan approved by the Senate Finance Committee, now begins the fight over what the full Senate can pass. But, as the Senate leadership sketches out its plan for bringing health care reform to the floor, here's what else will be happening...all of which is probably less glitzy.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on repealing antitrust exemptions for the health insurance industry. Could they be bitter about that report from PricewaterhouseCoopers? Just a thought.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will testify at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on "Combating Distracted Driving: Managing Behavioral and Technological Risks"...national texting-while-driving ban, anyone?
The House Budget Committee will look at defense budgeting, while the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on Afghanistan strategy, as the administration weighs its next step.
And the Atlantic Council (no relation) will hold a discussion on pirates and maritime security in the 21st century. Knowing that piracy is a horrible thing with roots in extreme poverty and lawless circumstances in some of the most dangerous, destitute places in the world, it's still hard not to say: ARRRRRR!
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