If the administration makes this concession it would probably enrage many of its liberal supporters, correspondents say.Originally Posted by BBC World News
But they say it could also deliver the president a much-needed win on his top domestic priority for 2009.
There has been some progress in the House of Representatives on agreeing a deal on the issue but negotiations in the Senate have stalled.
Both chambers need to agree on a bill before it can become law.
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