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Draft Democratic Platform Expected to be Complete Saturday

Cummings says platform will meld positions of Clinton and Sanders

 Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., expects to finish the platform this weekend. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The 15 members of the 2016 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee will meet Friday in St. Louis with the goal of completing the draft platform by Saturday afternoon, Rep. Elijah Cummings said Wednesday.   

The Maryland Democrat, who is a chairman of the drafting committee, said the panel will "try to meld the positions" of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with some offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders in an effort to bring the party together ahead of the July convention in Philadelphia.  

"That's coming along very good so far," Cummings said.  

The drafting committee has listened to testimony from 160 witnesses about what should be included in the platform, he said. Once complete the draft will be presented to the 187-member Platform Committee for approval in two weeks, Cummings said.  

Cummings' comments came after Clinton met with House Democrats Wednesday. He said Clinton discussed unifying the party but didn't get into details about how she plans to do that since she didn't speak for long before allowing members to ask questions.   

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