Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinSenators move to protect 'Dreamers' Manchin urging colleagues to block funding bill as shutdown looms The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 EnziSenate Dems draw hard line over miners' pension bill Republicans want to grease tracks for Trump President-elect Trump: Please drain the student loan swamp MORE (R-Wyo.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and ranking member Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate sets date for hearings on Sessions's attorney general nomination Mnuchin, Price meet with GOP senators Business groups express support for Branstad nomination 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 BaucusBusiness groups express support for Branstad nomination The mysterious sealed opioid report fuels speculation Lobbying World 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.