by Locker Room contributor
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA, says a deal had been reached on the health care takeover before Scott Brown was elected as the 41st vote against the plan:
Harkin said “we had an agreement, with the House, the White House and the Senate. We sent it to [the Congressional Budget Office] to get scored and then Tuesday happened and we didn’t get it back.” He said negotiators had an agreement in hand on Friday, Jan. 15.
Harkin made clear that negotiators had reached a final deal on the entire bill, not just the excise plans, which had been reported the previous day, Jan. 14.