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Summer of Health Care

July 22, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Sounds like Speaker Pelosi might cancel the August recess, which is scheduled to begin on the 3rd, if Blue Dogs continue to delay moving the health care bill through the Energy and Commerce Committee and onto the House floor for a vote. The Hill:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said she’s open to keeping the House in session through the August recess to pass its healthcare overhaul.

“I think 70 percent of the American people would want that,” Pelosi said. “I want a bill.”

That stance contradicts House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who said Tuesday that he didn’t see any point in staying into August if Democrats haven’t reached consensus on a bill by then.

But Pelosi also said she believes she has the votes to pass the bill on the floor of the House. Still, she indicated it will be important for members to look at the Senate Finance Committee’s version, which is not yet finished. That suggests she may change the House version to more closely resemble the Senate bill.
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