July 23rd, 2009
01:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Reid: No health care vote before August recess

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/23/art.reidsenate0723.gi.jpg caption="Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday the Senate would not vote on a health care reform bill before the chamber's August recess."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate will not vote on health care reform legislation before the August congressional recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

President Obama has been pushing for both the House and Senate to pass health care legislation before going on their August break - a goal that has appeared increasingly unlikely due to fierce Republican opposition and cost concerns cited by fiscally conservative Democrats.

Reid's announcement did not change Obama's timetable, according to a senior administration official. The president still wants the House and Senate to vote before the August recess.

Ealier Thursday, key House Democrats sought to convince a wavering public that prompt change is necessary.

Representatives of the Congressional Black Caucus, voicing the concerns of Obama's liberal political base, predicted that inaction this year would have dire ramifications.

If the federal government fails to act now, "we do so at the peril of the American people," warned Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, at a Capitol Hill news conference.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Health care • Senate
soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Jeff in Virginia

    Did Harry Reid switch parties and not tell anybody?

    What IS this guy's problem?

    CNN, you might as well start addressing him as Reid (R-NV).

    July 23, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Matty

    This just disgusting. The media playing one side against another and the president and the GOP both jumping on board. We need to cool down people.

    July 23, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Justice for the Righteous

    Why bother to comment..Any opposing views that is detrimental
    to your news network will be considered inappropriate...
    It is only true constructive criticisms that will help the administrative
    to do better....How can Obama comment that the Police is stupid...
    They are doing their job and to add that racist issue is an act of
    racial division in his leadership. His silver tongue needs to be tamed.

    July 23, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter

    Isn't it funny how, when the Dow is down, the republicans say Obama's policies are failing and when it's up, they say the Dow is an outmoded way of measuring the economy? Have a nice dow!

    July 23, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Disgruntled Democrat

    Do your job. Seriously. For once in your political careers, do your job. It is ridiculous that you can justify a summer vacation after spending weeks bickering and not acting.

    I'm a democrat and disgusted by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Our Party would be a lot better off without these two running Congress.

    July 23, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Bing Hillory

    If Reid were smart (but he isn't) he would say that Obamacare is dead forever.

    July 23, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Mississippi Mike

    Overpromise and underdeliver. What is this guy, an intern? The longer we wait and the more we learn about socialized health care, the more opposition there will be. The writing is on the wall and the Dems know it.

    July 23, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Randy

    Then there should be no recess- they should stay and get it done!

    July 23, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Nancy

    I don't believe that waiting until they get back will really bankrupt the country. Let them have time to think this through so they get it right the first time.

    July 23, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Matt


    Victory for the Republicans!!

    Now hopefully we can create a Health Care Bill that actually reduces costs!

    Everyone should thank the Republicans for stopping this democrat disaster!!!!!

    July 23, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. John, NC

    Obama wants to push the legislation through before Congress has time to do its homework. The country needs to know what is in it before it is voted on. A good reforn is more important than meeting his self-imposed deadline. He seems to be running scared. He must be afraid it won't happen if it is not rammed through prematurely. It sounds like an ego trip for him.

    July 23, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. worriedmom

    As much as I despise Harry Reid, at least he has faced reality that this reform cannot be rushed. Now would someone please tell Obama and Pelosi to face reality. People want health care reform, we just don't want what you are trying to shove down our throats now. Go after the pricing of medicine, medical care, insurance claims and discriminations.

    July 23, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. liz

    Thanks! Health care reform needs to be done RIGHT and it will take time to do that. I work for a medical doctor and tort reform should be looked into

    July 23, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. BEN

    Thank God! This will give time for more Congressmen to wise up and stand up to Obama! Has any one noticed that he hasn't kept a single campaign promise and that every prediction he has made has been horribly wrong and that he has quadrupled the national debt in FOUR MONTHS??? Sorry, I correct myself. He has made very good on his campaign promise to bring change to this country. Socialism is, indeed, a very big change. When will anyone in this Obama-mania media hold him accountable?

    July 23, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Obummer, 1 and done

    thank you Senator Reid. (Probably the only time I'v eever said that).
    don;t be bullied into doing something just to get it done. do it right and think about the consequences this time. (not like the banking fiasco with Fannie Mae).

    Maybe there are alternatives. Maybe the republicans do have some decent ideas. Maybe there really are only 10-15 million unisured, (45 million less the 10-15 million illegals, less the 20 million who elect not to have health insurance).

    Not such a big problem after all. But once again, if it's popular that's all that matters to obummer.

    sorry harry that you may now be the target of attack ads from obummers secret service now, but finally you did the right thing for once.

    July 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Nick the Photographer

    Why are the Democrats so unable to pull their heads out of their butts and just ram this thru... there is never going to be bi-partisan support so why delay? Oh that's right, Health Care Corps. are in your pocket too! Hopefully the next two elections will be a cleaning out of the House and Senate these RATS that claim to be Democrats! Blue Dog Democrats... *scoff*... at best you're an Independent.

    July 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. dumblikeu

    Wow, it's the first time I like what this guy had to say...

    July 23, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Stop the Robber Baron Insurance Companies and The Republicans they Bribe

    I would rather pay 12,000 to the federal government, than 12,000 to blue shield.

    The more the g.o.p lies, the more I favor the total elimination of private for profit health insurance.

    Yeah, I want what they have in Canada, France and the Netherlands.

    July 23, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Rob Johnson

    This is important enough to take the time to do it right.

    One bad habit that Obama seems to have carried over from Bush is the whole "If we don't solve this problem by next Tuesday, the world as we know it will end."

    I appreciate the urgency of the issue, but there is a difference between urgency and hysteria.

    July 23, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. South Dakota

    I have been watching the U.S. House of Representatives debate on T.V. and it's obvious the Democrats have much to learn about economics. You cannot spend your way out of debt. Anyone with any common sense knows that. Every effort the republicans make to stop the spending is ignored by the democrats. It appears to me that the democrats have no respect for the taxpayers money. Americans are tired of paying for irresponsible decisions made by government.

    July 23, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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