House Leaders Push Toward Health Vote By Easter

House Leaders Push Toward Health Vote By Easter

Published March 4, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democratic leaders are pushing for a final vote on far-reaching health legislation in the next three weeks, aiming to answer President Barack Obama's call for swift action.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Thursday that Democrats would like to get the bill done by Congress' Easter break, which begins March 29. But Hoyer also said "the world doesn't fall apart" if that timeline isn't met - a nod to the many blown deadlines that have characterized the health overhaul effort so far.

Democratic leaders are contending with numerous undecided or reluctant rank-and-file members who want to see final legislative language before making a decision. Hoyer said that should be ready by the end of next week.

Written by <P class="ap-story-p">By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer</P>


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