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House panel prepares to wrap up health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A key House panel is expected to complete work today on sweeping health care legislation.

The measure seeks to hold down costs and provide health care to nearly 50 million uninsured people.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is the final of three House committees to act on overhauling health care.

Today is the House's final day in session before lawmakers leave Washington for their annual monthlong summer recess. With committee action completed, majority Democrats will be able to return to their districts claiming momentum on health care - even though up until recently the goal was to have legislation all the way through the House by the recess.

The progress in the House has not been matched in the Senate, where bipartisan negotiators say they need more time to produce any agreement for the Finance Committee to review.

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