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C-Span, Vern Buchanan call on Congress to open up health care negotiations

Bradenton Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan who has filed a resolution calling on Congress open up health care talks to the public, is calling on House and Senate leaders to accept C-SPAN’s offer to broadcast final health care negotiations.

In a  letter  to House leaders, C-Span today offered to cover the sessions live -- following President Barack Obama's pledge to publicize all health care talks on C-Span.

"As your respective chambers work to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate health care bills, C-SPAN requests that you open all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings, to electronic media coverage," C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb wrote in a letter to Obama and congressional leaders. News reports suggest a final version will be hammered out in talks between a handful of people, including committee chairs, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and White House officials. 

"I applaud C-SPAN for offering to provide this important public service and urge House leaders to grant its request," Buchanan said. His resolution got a plug in today'sWashington Times.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at today's press briefing that he hadn't seen the letter from C-Span.