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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-23-09 12:24 PM
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18. Found this article... Reid says vote by Sept.
Edited on Thu Jul-23-09 12:26 PM by Jennicut

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed today that the Senate will not take a vote on a massive health care overhaul proposal before lawmakers return home for the August recess -- meaning a key self-imposed deadline that Congress has been working toward for months will be missed.

"Working with Republicans, one of the things that they asked for...was more time," Reid said during a press conference. "I don't think it's unreasonable." Asked whether it wasn't Democrats who are also seeking more time to digest the complex legislation, Reid said: "Every Democrat wants comprehensive health care reform."

Reid's announcement is not particularly surprising given the drop off in momentum over health care in the past several days, despite President Obama's effort to gin up support for the measure. The Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, told The Hill newspaper this week that a pre-recess vote would not be likely.

Reid said the Senate will come back to the bill when lawmakers return in September. Reid said the Senate Finance Committee, which is seeking a bipartisan compromise on how to pay for the $1 trillion plus cost of health care, will release its version of overhaul bill before the August recess.
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