Senators Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Max Baucus, D-Mont., struck an agreement with House lawmakers on bipartisan, bicameral legislation to extend expired and expiring tax, health, trade, and other provisions. 

The legislation will also eliminate an expected cut in Medicare’s payments to physicians in 2007, and also provides for opening more than 8.3 million acres on the continental shelf for oil and gas leasing.  “This is a good agreement,” Grassley said.  “It continues tax relief without interruption.  It stabilizes access to doctors for Medicare beneficiaries.  It moves Medicare toward linking payment with quality and preserves Medicare beneficiaries’ access to rehabilitative therapy.  It gives new access to farmers including those in Iowa to the growing Vietnamese market.  These are things that need to get done. It’s good to see them moving forward.”

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