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Snowe Will Vote “Yes” on Baucus Bill in Committee

In a brief statement before her Finance Committee colleagues, Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) announced that she would vote in favor of this committee’s version of health care reform, often called the Baucus Bill or The Max Tax. Snowe made it clear, however, that this vote was for the committee mark only. “My vote today is my vote today,” Snowe said. How the Senator intended to vote on whatever merged bill came before the entire Senate was left most pointedly as anyone’s guess.

Committee chair Max Baucus was noticeably pleased.

Update: The New York Times (via twolf1):

Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine, said Tuesday that she would support the Democrats’ landmark health care legislation.

“Is this bill all that I want? Far from it,” Ms. Snowe declared. “Is it all that it can be? Far from it. But when history calls, history calls.”

Ms. Snowe’s speech, shortly before the lunch break, came as the the Senate Finance Committee edged closer to approving legislation that would reshape the American health care system and provide subsidies to help millions of people buy insurance.

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