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Levin Becomes Sixth Chairman To Sign Public Option Letter

04/26/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) became the sixth committee chairman on Wednesday to sign a letter calling for the public option to be included in health care reform using the reconciliation process, which requires only 50 votes plus a tie breaker from the vice president.

Two members of leadership, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), have also signed on. Menendez chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Menendez, on MSNBC, said that the public option could be approaching a "tipping point."

"There are a lot more people who I believe will join," Menendez said on MSNBC. "When you get to a certain number, there is a tipping point and people who may have felt like it's not possible may feel it's possible."

Levin, chair of the Armed Services Committee, joins Dan Inouye (D-Hawaii), Schumer, Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.), who all chair committees. He is the 24th Democrat to sign the letter.

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