Durbin says he's 'open' to no public option

Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinElizabeth Warren stumps, raises funds for Duckworth Senators roll out changes to criminal justice bill Let the Democratic veepstakes begin MORE (D-Ill.) said on Sunday that he is "open" to a final healthcare bill that does not include a public health insurance option.

"I support a public option but yes, I am open," to its absence he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Durbin stressed that keeping the three Republican senators, Mike EnziMike EnziGOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees Overnight Finance: New rules proposed to curb Wall Street pay GOP senator tries to tie 'No budget, no pay' to funding bill MORE (R-Wyo.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and ranking member Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOvernight Defense: House panel approves 0B defense bill Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Grassley: Carter emails contained 'sensitive' information MORE (R-Iowa), still negotiating with Finance Committee Democrats is key to passing a successful bill.

"We want to keep them negotiation we are determined to get a bill to the floor, it doesn't have to be a
perfect bill," he added. "I don't want this process filibustered to failure."

Durbin expressed that getting a bipartisan bill to the floor after recess was his top priority and that the conference committee could rectify differences between the House and Senate versions, including a public option.

Finance Committee chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusWyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny The chaotic fight for ObamaCare MORE (D-Mont.) set a September 15 deadline to bring a bipartisan healthcare reform bill to a vote in his influential committee.Some Democrats have said they would force a party-line vote if the deadline is not met.

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