CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 21, 2009
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(White House: Chip Reid) The final push for the Senate health care bill featured; details given about the timetable for Senate passage & then the merger of House & Senate bills with provisions & differences in the two bills outlined on screen. [President OBAMA - says those with pre-existing conditions will not be left out.] [Representative Bart STUPAK - opposes federal funding for abortion.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.
(Washington: Wyatt Andrews) A Reality Check on the wheeling & dealing behind the legislation presented; details given about the deals demanded by senators to help their own states, including Mary Landrieu & Ben Nelson's Medicaid deals, Bill Nelson's exemption & a mystery grant to Senator Chris Dodd. [Senator John McCAIN - criticizes kickbacks.] [Senator Harry REID - says it is compromise.] [Senator Tom COBURBN - calls it buying votes.] How Democrats are not even defensive about the deals with two examples discussed.