March 9th, 2010
03:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Hoyer: Dems not on board with White House deadline

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer spoke to reporters Tuesday about the latest deadline for passing health care reform set recently by the White House.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer spoke to reporters Tuesday about the latest deadline for passing health care reform set recently by the White House.

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."


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Party of NO NO jobs NO change NO hope

    Party not ready-they have not been ready for 14 months and come November,they still will not be ready,but, then it is all over,they will go home.Good Riddance

    March 9, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. diridi

    if they want to win in elections, pass this health care bill forthwith....

    March 9, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Average American

    The specific date isn't important. Both Gibbs and Hoyer say they are going to get it done. That's enough agreement for me.

    March 9, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    That's only like what? About 2 weeks away? That's quite an awful short time, I do bet no one will get it done and it won't pass. Which is good because we got far more problems than a Health Care bill.

    I just don't understand what are they thinking, let alone what are they pushing for, and what's the rush? Why in a hurry? I don't understand, I don't and it will fail in the short run, it just won't pass. I'm sure in the back of people's minds it just won't pass, it won't at all. That's not to say that is a waste of time(which it is) but there's just no factual evidence suggesting otherwise. I don't expect it to pass and if it passes, then what? The God of hand will come above us and give us more lost lives than ever before? I just think is all fantasy than anything else, either start over or don't do nothing and focus on more important issues that will get results right away.

    You people make me sick.

    March 9, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. MatthewDetroit

    This is a BAD bill and the congress NEEDS to vote NO on the healthcare bill.

    The reason the insurance costs are going up is in fact because the goverment is NOT making the medicare and medicaid payments.

    Pelosi said I cant tell you what is in the bill.... she wants us to pass the bill so you can see what is in the bill.

    That is a JOKE.

    March 9, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Democrats = Socialism = Welfare = Failure

    Healthcare is welfare for the worthless and lazy.Just another step toward socialism and control by welfare.

    March 9, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. D.

    He needs a few more democrats that oppose the bill to resign, give him time, we'll arrange offers they cannot refuse! Where is Elliot Ness when we need him?

    March 9, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    If Hoyer and the rest of the Dems–at least the sensible ones–had a spine, they'd push that deadline back to "never."

    The Head Clowns of the Democratic Party–Obama, Reid, and Pelosi–are so far to the left of even their own party that they're a dangerous embarrassment.

    March 9, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |