Roll Call reports that frustration with the Senate is boiling over in the House over health care reform. A senior lawmaker told the paper there had been no progress this week, and had some choice words for the entire upper chamber:
With all of these issues at a standstill, tensions are growing between the two chambers. Several House lawmakers have voiced frustration with Sens. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) over concessions and special deals they cut in the Senate version.
"The Senate is just a pain in the ass to everybody in the world as far as I can tell. I'm so angry that I just wish from now on that we'd just find out what it is that Lieberman and Nelson will let us have," the senior lawmaker said. "But we're not giving up on anything in the House."
President Obama is meeting with top congressional Democrats Wednesday. A House-backed surtax on the wealthy is likely to be abandoned. But Obama has reportedly sided with the House on having a national insurance exchange instead of the Senate-backed state exchanges.