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Harry Reid Rebuffs Will of Obama, Says ‘Debate on Health Care’ Will Continue into September
The morning after President Barack Obama (D-IL) pushed back prime time network programming to make his (weak, unpopular, and factually-challenged) case for an immediate overhaul of the health care system, fellow Democrat and Senate Super-Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) pulled the rug out from under his former incredibly junior colleague, declaring that the Senate would hold the proposed overhaul legislation over the August recess and resume debate on its merits (and the points Senators have had a chance to read) in September.
“This is a complex, difficult issue,” Reid told reporters this morning. His House counterpart, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), disagreed with Reid’s assessment that time to actually read and discuss the multiple health overhaul proposals was in any way a good thing, reiterating her threat to cancel recess in August and keep the House in session if
her class Representatives didn’t hurry up and pass the House version of the bill in the next week.
Pelosi also claimed last night that she “ha[s] the votes” to pass the bill (alternately right now and in the next 48 hours). This, of course, begs the question of why she’s so vocally threatening to cancel
her class’s the House recess if more Representatives don’t hurry up and support it already.