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U.S. Senate Continues Health Care Debate

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Debate over health care reform is expected to continue through the weekend. Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says controversial amendments about abortion and a public option may not come up until next week, though.

DURBIN: A public option continues to be an item for discussion and we’re trying to find that common ground that would bring us 60 votes. I wouldn’t predict at this moment when we might vote on it.

Durbin says the Stupak Amendment is one of the main issues dividing Democrats. It would restrict insurance plans receiving federal subsidies from paying for abortions. Durbin says the Stupak Amendment doesn’t have enough votes to pass as it’s written right now, but senators are working on a compromise.

Durbin says he hopes to have health care legislation passed by Christmas.

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