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Key Democrat says Congress will finish healthcare reform by State of the Union

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The Hill – Democrats are absolutely committed to finishing health reform by the State of the Union address, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Monday night.

Brown said that Democrats would work overtime to finish a healthcare bill in the Senate by the end of the year and would work to finish the bill before the late-January speech by President Barack Obama.

"You said 15 work days — there's a lot more than 15, because we're going to be working weekends, we're going to be working into the night," Brown said on MSNBC when asked about the timeline for finishing a bill.

The Hill – Democrats are absolutely committed to finishing health reform by the State of the Union address, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Monday night.

Brown said that Democrats would work overtime to finish a healthcare bill in the Senate by the end of the year and would work to finish the bill before the late-January speech by President Barack Obama.

"You said 15 work days — there's a lot more than 15, because we're going to be working weekends, we're going to be working into the night," Brown said on MSNBC when asked about the timeline for finishing a bill.

Politico – The four senators who helped inch health care reform legislation through a test vote Saturday but who oppose a public option, shouldn't be able to force the controversial feature out of a final bill, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Sunday.

"In the end, I don't want four Democratic senators dictating to the other 56 of us and to the country," Brown, a strident supporter of the proposed public insurance plan, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Politico – The four senators who helped inch health care reform legislation through a test vote Saturday but who oppose a public option, shouldn't be able to force the controversial feature out of a final bill, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Sunday.

"In the end, I don't want four Democratic senators dictating to the other 56 of us and to the country," Brown, a strident supporter of the proposed public insurance plan, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Politico – The four senators who helped inch health care reform legislation through a test vote Saturday but who oppose a public option, shouldn't be able to force the controversial feature out of a final bill, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Sunday.

"In the end, I don't want four Democratic senators dictating to the other 56 of us and to the country," Brown, a strident supporter of the proposed public insurance plan, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Wapakoneta Daily News – A U.S. Congressman wants to add a public policy arrow to the national health care quiver.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, co-sponsored legislation this week to guarantee paid sick days for those who are infected by the H1N1 as part of a larger overall national policy to combat the spread of the virus.

Brown, who held a media teleconference Thursday, said he talked with Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dr. Alvin Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) regarding the best ways to curb the spread of the virus, to educate Ohioans and to better distribute the H1N1 vaccine.

The Hill – Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Friday said that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner should keep his job but that he would like to see his agency focus more on creating blue-collar jobs.

"He's got my confidence," Brown said on ABC News' "Top Line" webcast.

Brown, who is considered a liberal senator and represents a state with high unemployment, said Geithner needs to focus more on job creation in the manufacturing an auto sectors in order to spur job creation.

Lancaster Eagle Gazette – Ohio residents deemed most at risk for the H1N1 virus should have been vaccinated by now, and vaccination efforts now are focusing on a larger at-risk population, the state health director said.

Of the roughly 1.5 million Ohioans who face the greatest risk of illness from the virus, most have received vaccinations, said Dr. Alvin Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health.

That group includes pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old, health care and emergency medical personnel, children 6 months through 4 years old, and children 5 through 18 years old who have chronic medical conditions.

Wapakoneta Daily News – A U.S. Congressman wants to add a public policy arrow to the national health care quiver.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, co-sponsored legislation this week to guarantee paid sick days for those who are infected by the H1N1 as part of a larger overall national policy to combat the spread of the virus.

Brown, who held a media teleconference Thursday, said he talked with Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dr. Alvin Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) regarding the best ways to curb the spread of the virus, to educate Ohioans and to better distribute the H1N1 vaccine.