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September 17, 2014

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Health care debate set to take center stage

WASHINGTON – Greetings, Early Liners and let the floor debate begin.

The House health care bill debate could begin this week as leaders hope to have the revised bill introduced by Tuesday, which tees up a 72-hour posting before a vote that Roll Call says could come as soon as Friday.

Both the House and Senate have hinted at weekend work, if needed, to keep pushing President Barack Obama’s priority legislation along.

The Senate remains in a health care holding pattern, as it awaits a fiscal score from the Congressional Budget Office. That gives the chamber time this week to debate what some are calling the mini-stim: A bill to extend unemployment benefits, the first-time homebuyers’ tax credit and another business-friendly tax measure -- all of which would likely be welcome in economically hard-pressed Nevada.

Among those lobbying the Hill this week on health care reform will be small business owners from Nevada who say the high costs of health care make it tough to turn a profit.

Lots of good reads in the weekend papers. Be sure to check out:

Michael J. Mishak’s piece in the Sun on the slew of health care ads on the airwaves.

David McGrath Schwartz takes a look at candidate activity in the 2010 Senate race, and wonders if Republican candidate Sue Lowden’s frontrunner status may slip.

That’s it for now. Be sure to check in later for all the political news in Nevada.

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