POLITICS
06/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blue Dog Democrats Complain Of Being Shut Out Of Health Care Debate

Forty-five House Democrats in the party's moderate-to-conservative wing have protested the secretive process by which party leaders in their chamber are developing legislation to remake the health care system.

The lawmakers, members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, said they were "increasingly troubled" by their exclusion from the bill-writing process.

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