Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pelosi: Work Through Recess

Via Memorandum:

Nancy Pelosi thinks the members of the House should skip the August recess and just keep chugging along on health care:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said she's open to keeping the House in session through the August recess to pass its healthcare overhaul.

"I think 70 percent of the American people would want that," Pelosi said. "I want a bill."

That stance contradicts House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who said Tuesday that he didn't see any point in staying into August if Democrats haven't reached consensus on a bill by then.

But Pelosi also said she believes she has the votes to pass the bill on the floor of the House. Still, she indicated it will be important for members to look at the Senate Finance Committee's version, which is not yet finished. That suggests she may change the House version to more closely resemble the Senate bill.

The Dems may want to take the Speaker up on her offer, if for no other reason than to avoid the town halls

and the Tea Parties.

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