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Senate leader hoping for health care reform by year's end

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he still hopes to bring a health care reform package to the floor next week.

His target remains passage by year's end. But first, Reid is awaiting final word from the Congressional Budget Office on costs and coverage implications of the still-secret bill he submitted more than two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, advocacy groups are worried that the Senate might follow the lead of the House by approving tough abortion restrictions.

The political repercussions from that House vote are coming to light. Louisiana congressman Anh (Joseph) Cao, the only Republican to back the bill, says some of his donors have asked for their money back. And two of his fundraising events have been canceled.


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