Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is pushing back against the March 18 deadline that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs indicated was the target for a vote on health care reform.
Asked by a reporter about a potential health care vote on the 18th, Hoyer replied, "Your premise is incorrect. You mean that date that Mr Gibbs mentioned. None of us has mentioned the 18th, other than Mr Gibbs. We are trying to do this as soon as possible. That continues to be our objective."
Last week, Gibbs said he expected the House to vote on health care by that date, the same day President Obama departs for an overseas trip.
Hoyer declined to give a specific deadline for when the House would take up health care, saying only that it would be "soon."