November 10th, 2009
02:34 PM ET
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Durbin: Senate Dems expect to miss Obama health care deadline

Sen. Durbin, background, said Tuesday that Senate Democrats expect to miss the deadline for the health care bill set by President Obama.

Sen. Durbin, background, said Tuesday that Senate Democrats expect to miss the deadline for the health care bill set by President Obama.

Washington (CNN) - Despite President Obama's pressure on Senate Democrats to finish health care legislation so he can sign a final bill by the end of year, a Senate Democratic leader said Tuesday they expect to miss that deadline.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the chamber, said he hopes, at best, to complete the Senate's version of the bill by that time.

"I would say our goal is to get it out of the Senate this year," said Durbin.

Durbin, of Illinois, blamed the shifting timeline on a slower than expected cost analysis of the legislation by the Congressional Budget Office and an uncertain schedule for floor debate, which Durbin said they hope to begin before Thanksgiving.

Durbin's comments contrasted with those of White House spokesman Robert Gibbs who adamantly told reporters Monday that "the president wants to sign a health care bill before the end of the year."

Asked if there is a disconnect with the White House, Durbin, who is close to the president, responded, "The president called me yesterday, and I know what he wants - to bring a health care reform bill to him as quickly as possible."

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. mark

    dems don't get it, Americans don't want this bill!

    November 10, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Dean

    We want reform NOW, every year my premiums go up and benifits go down with a 5k deductible now what does my money paid in get me...little to nothing

    November 10, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. PREDICTA

    If the bill does pass the Senate, it won't have a public option (or a lot of other stuff the dems wanted) if they want quick passage. Otherwise, it will languish on the floor til next year. The longer they take, the less likely it will pass.

    November 10, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    This needs to be passed, and it doesn't need 60 votes, this can pass by 51 votes, reconcillation process. Blue Dog Dems are just republicans spoofing the dem party, get rid of these evil people out of THE PARTY.

    November 10, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Enough

    Funny how Obama is pressuring them to pass a bad bill with his phony deadlines...............while he dithers on making any decisions on Afghanistan............what a political hypocrite Obama is. Throw that lousy bill out that we don't want and start working on real health care reform..........no more Obama experiements that are all turning out to be pretty disasterous for our future, we can't afford them.

    November 10, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. hahahahahahaha

    These fools can't push this so called health care reform thru on thier own time table. we, as americans, should take this as a lesson. they have all the votes they need to push this thru. they have everything the need. the house, the senate, the president. republicans are not a factor here. republicans can, and will, say no, and it won't matter. all they need is 60 votes. by my count, thats what the dems have. quit whining already. either pass the "reform" or don't. quit making excuses. everyone in this country, dems, and republicans, liberals, and conservitives, are sick of hearing your excuses. just do it already. you all know you want to.

    November 10, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. D. Tree

    The time for hesitation is passed, Democrats – act now with courage not cowardice, the American people will thank you for it!

    November 10, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    The US Senate has not missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity since 1860.

    Whenever the nation calls, America's Senators are out to lunch, on vacation, having a filibuster, at the doctor's office, giving a speech at a convention in Paris (not Texas), earmarking bills in the back room, having lunch with a lobbyist in the Imperial Room on the 75th floor, or on vacation.

    But then, I'm from Texas. My Senators are Cornyn and Hutchison. We Texans certainly can't criticize the other states for electing dud Senators.

    November 10, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. yuri

    It is gonna be a long, hard, and bitter battle in the senate, and the 2 armies are drawing battle lines already. Lindsey Graham has already claimed victory, by mentally slaying the bill, and Liebermann is lingering around, threatening to filibuster the bill, to the best of his ability. Let the bugle go up and the gavel come down.

    November 10, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Peter s

    Senators are paid to serve the people and you should just do that!

    November 10, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. MARK

    No way will the senate fall for this massive health care overall proposed by Obama and Pelosi.

    November 10, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. victim of republican greed

    The senate dems are a major disappointment.

    November 10, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Jerks

    The DSCC is pestering me every week for money. They are not going to get jack from me as long as the Senators think they can get away with this kind of an attitude. Get off your butts and get this done!

    November 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Ted Tartaglia

    Sarah, Newt, Rush, Steele, McConnell, Boehner and other radical conservatives really pulled off a coup. The elected a Democrat to a traditional Republican seat.

    These guys should support more candidates and speed up the demise of the whackos!

    November 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Chris

    it is time for TERM LIMITS for all elected officials in Congress!!!
    These guys are nothing but self serving and do not give a care about the people!!!
    They all know darn well if they don't get it out this year, next year (for some) their only major concern will be trying to get re-elected.
    The public needs to take a look at how good some of these RICH Senators can have the nerve not to pass this bill. They all know that it would not effect them in no way shape or form because they have the money to pay for their healthcare!!!

    November 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. DC Insider

    I am glad the Senate is going to take their time with this bill. After the disaster of the stimulus bill and how that was quickly whipped up and passed, I think we learned a lesson that we should go slower and be more methodical on how we approach Universal Healthcare. Let the CBO do their analysis so that we don't pass any legislation that ends up bankrupting America or putting to much burden on our children.

    November 10, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Potomac Wonderfool

    It is better to miss the deadline than to deliver a lame duck which is what the house bill seems to be because of its anti-choice poison pill.

    November 10, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Matt

    Good. The PelObama bill is complete garbage (as is Obama and Pelosi). Putting the healthcare system under governmental control won't solve the problem, but add several more.

    Fix healthcare one problem at a time.

    November 10, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but.....

    Keep your capitalism out of my healthcare! Have a nice day!

    November 10, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Mike in MN

    Clearly the Senate bill won't look anything like the House bill or this would be done by now. I will most likely be well beyond the end of the year before there is a bill that can pass both the House and Senate. If the House did not insist on the public option and the creation of hundreds of new goverment agencies and committees to take over health care from the private sector, a bill could have been signed by now.

    November 10, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. LacrosseDad

    Just a slight delay on the road to socialism.

    November 10, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. RealityKing

    And we all know Obama will sign anything that comes out.., regardless of previosuly stated goals that should be met.

    November 10, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. They call me "tater salad"

    No suprise here!!!!

    November 10, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Billy J..Texas..

    The majority of the senate on both sides is what is wrong with politics today. They are all cowtowing to the likes of K street.

    Pitiful!

    November 10, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Durbin, of Illinois, blamed the shifting timeline on a slower than expected cost analysis of the legislation by the Congressional Budget Office "

    And if you don't think he was throwing the GOPers a bone by blaming the CBO rather than taking the opportunity to harp on the GOPers' dialtory behavior, then, well, you're an idiot.

    As for the deadline...Obama is doing exactly what he's supposed to do: crack the whip on the 500+ political monkeys running around the Capitol Building.

    November 10, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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