House Won’t Vote On Health Reform ‘Til September
So reports The Hill, indicating that the conservative-leaning Blue Dog Democrats have struck a deal with House leaders to delay the vote until after the August recess.
In exchange for putting off a floor vote until after Labor Day, the Energy and Commerce Committee may be allowed to continue its markup of the healthcare bill this week even if an agreement has not been reached between Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and seven Energy and Commerce Committee Blue Dogs over the content of the bill.
Of note, the deal worked out doesn’t include agreement on the policy controversies that have been the sticking points between the Blue Dogs and Democratic leaders, including how to approach the thorny public-plan issue. But at this point — after marathon negotiations that have included White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — Democrats will be happy with anything even resembling progress.