Pelosi Won’t Rule Out Staying in Session

Posted July 27, 2009 at 4:00pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is still keeping her options open on whether to stay in session in August to consider the health care overhaul, but signaled she has no desire to bypass committee and bring the bill straight to the floor.

“We’re on schedule to do it now or do it whenever,— she said at a press conference Monday afternoon before Democrats entered a highly unusual five-hour Caucus meeting called to educate Members about the 1,000-page bill.

Pelosi said timing of a vote on the measure would depend on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which she said would return to a markup this week.

“That’s the route we are going,— she said.

Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) had threatened to bypass his own committee and take the bill straight to the floor. But he backed away in the face of strong opposition from moderate and vulnerable Democrats as well as Members of leadership.