WASHINGTON (CNN) – Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she intends to move forward with a vote on health care reform this summer and indicated Democrats may keep the House in session past its scheduled summer break if needed.
"We believe that the American people have waited long enough," Pelosi told reporters. "I want to see a bill."
Pelosi also insisted Democrats have enough support to pass their health care bill. "I have no question that we have the votes on the floor of the House to pass this legislation," she said.
The Speaker reported that leaders were making progress responding to demands from a group of conservative Blue Dog Democrats who have vowed to block the bill from passing a key committee unless major changes are made. But Rep Mike Ross, a leading Blue Dog negotiator on the committee, issued a statement Wednesday that seemed to lower expectations a bit: "We are making progress; however, we have a long way to go," he said.
Pelosi said she would "see what the Senate is considering" on options to pay for the health care bill. She emphasized the focus is on finding more savings before decisions on taxes are made. "We want to squeeze as much savings out of the system as we can before we seek any revenue. We can only go so far," she said.