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Gibbs Won’t Telegraph Timing of Health Care Vote

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Monday declined to say whether the White House believes the House will pass a health care bill before Members leave town for the August recess.

The White House, which had once hoped to have bills out of both the House and the Senate before the monthlong break, has since moved the goal posts. Officials now suggest that action in either the House Energy and Commerce Committee or the Senate Finance Committee would be a victory.

“Either one of them moving would be a big deal toward getting a final product,— Gibbs said.

Obama continues his public campaign for health care overhaul this week, holding what the White House is billing as a “tele-town-hall meeting— in Washington, D.C., in which AARP members throughout the country will be able to participate. Obama on Wednesday will hold health care events in Raleigh, N.C., and Bristol, Va.

Gibbs said there are no scheduled meetings between Obama and lawmakers on health reform on Monday.

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