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Democrats press committee action on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Democrats are determined to show progress on the proposed health care overhaul.

They're trying to push President Barack Obama's top domestic priority through two critically important committees before heading home for their August break.

They're closer, but they're not there yet.

Democratic leaders in the House won agreement from conservatives on the Energy and Commerce Committee that would allow that panel to start voting on legislation as early as today. However, liberal lawmakers are objecting to the changes.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, negotiators on the Finance Committee say they're nearer to a bipartisan compromise that has eluded them for weeks.

The earliest that floor votes could occur would be in September.

The House bill and the plan under negotiation in the Senate are designed to meet Obama's goals of spreading health coverage to millions who now lack it, while trying to slow the skyrocketing growth in medical costs.


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