Nancy Pelosi the day before yesterday:
House Democrats “definitely” have a health reform bill right now that could win 218 votes in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday.
Steny Hoyer today:
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters in a conference call Friday that the make-or-break vote on President Barack Obama’s top priority that had been set for Saturday could face delay.
The apparent problem: Democrats have yet to resolve intraparty disputes over abortion funding and illegal immigrants’ access to health care.
Hoyer sought to pin the blame for any possible slippage on delaying tactics expected from Republicans, who unanimously oppose the health care remake. But he acknowledged that Democrats are still short of the 218 votes they need to pass the bill.
“There are many people who are still trying to get a comfort level that this is the right thing to do,” said Hoyer. “We’re very close.”
So maybe it will be Sunday. Or maybe Monday or Tuesday. Who knows?
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