July 28th, 2009
07:27 PM ET
13 years ago

Dems deny deciding not to hold health care vote before recess

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/04/26/torture.debate/art.capitolday.gi.jpg caption="Democratic leaders are denying they have decided to postpone a vote on health care."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A House Republican leadership aide is forwarding a memo written and distributed by a GOP House staffer, saying he has been informed by the House Democratic leadership they plan to leave for the August recess Friday without bringing health care reform to the floor, but Democratic leaders vehemently deny that decision has been made.

"Democratic Leadership has told Mr. Boehner's staff that there will be no vote on Health on the Floor before recess and we will leave Friday," wrote David Cavick, the Republican Chief of Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Although Democratic leaders and aides have acknowledged the reality that, because conservative Democrats still have deep concerns over the direction of their plan, it will be very hard to hold a vote by Friday, Democratic leaders insist that decision has not been formally made.

President Obama originally called for a vote on health care reform from both the House and Senate before Congress breaks for its summer recess.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already announced the Senate would not meet that deadline.

When asked directly if he was telling anyone that they plan to go home on Friday, the House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer angrily responded "no."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also told reporters no announcement has been made.

In fact Democratic leaders and conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats were still negotiating with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the House Speakers office Tuesday evening.

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