The top Democrat in the Senate says lawmakers won't vote until after August on healthcare, a blow to President Barack Obama's ambitious timetable.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters the Finance Committee will act on its portion of the bill before Congress' monthlong break. Then Reid will merge that bill with separate legislation already passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
The Nevada Democrat says the decision to delay a vote was made in the hopes of getting a final bipartisan bill.
Obama had pressed for the full House and Senate to vote on respective bills before the August recess. The news came just hours before the president's fresh appeal for a healthcare overhaul at an appearance in Ohio.
Obama shrugged off the delay. “That’s OK, I just want people to keep on working,” Obama told a town hall meeting in Cleveland, according to the Associated Press. “I want it done by the end of the year. I want it done by the fall.”
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