July 23, 2009 – Health Care Reform Stalls until September

Today the push to overhaul the nation’s health care system faced another setback. The day after a President Obama had a news conference urging for a vote before the August recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that there would be no health care vote on the floor of the Senate until September, however a bill is still due out of the Senate Finance Committee before the break, though talks are still going on amongst committee members and no draft has yet been released.

On the House side, Chairman Waxman, who yesterday said the Energy and Commerce Committee would continue marking-up their bill with or without Blue Dog support, has still yet to schedule a mark-up for the remainder of the week. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, today, indicated that the House may well have a deal within the next few days but there has been no floor vote scheduled thus far and so it seems the House may be waiting until after August to take this up as well.

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