Durbin Says No Health Care Vote Until September
Updated 8:56 p.m.
By Paul Kane
Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (Ill.), President Obama's closest ally on Capitol Hill, became the highest-ranking Democratic leader to say that health-care legislation will not make it to the chamber floor until September.
"We're going to take a little longer to get it right," Durbin told The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, when asked Wednesday about Obama's oft-stated goal of a vote on or before Aug. 7, when the Senate is due to leave on a month-long recess. "Initially we had hoped for a full vote by then, but I don't think it's going to be possible."
The Senate's recess will last until after Labor Day.
Obama was asked about his deadline during his Wednesday night news conference and replied, "If you don't set deadlines in this town, things don't happen. The default position is inertia, because doing something always creates some people who are unhappy.
"We have made so much progress, where we've got doctors, nurses, hospitals, even the pharmaceutical industry, AARP saying that this makes sense to do," Obama said. "I think [that] means that the stars are aligned, and we need to take advantage of that."
Posted by: seemstome | July 22, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: scottilla | July 23, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: williambanzai7 | July 23, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.