Friday, July 24, 2009

Senate Delays Health Reform Vote Until September

The Senate has decided to hold off voting on a health reform package until September. President Obama's original desire was for both the House and the Senate to pass their reform bills prior to adjourning for the August recess.

Instead, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that the Finance Committee will markup the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee's proposed plan prior to the recess, with a floor vote expected in September.

President Obama, Senate Republicans, and Senate Democrats are all in agreement over the delay, saying that it will allow senators more time to read the reform package and discuss it with their constituents during the August recess.

Source: CQ

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