Energy And Commerce Delays Health Care Mark-Up…Again


For the third day in a row, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman has canceled a mark-up hearing on health care legislation to negotiate with Blue Dogs, calling into question once again whether the House can pass a bill before adjourning for August recess.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested she’d keep the House in session past the scheduled adjournment date to pass a bill, though House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has sounded hesitant on that score.

And now there’s the question of whether House leaders in general will want to vote on a bill before recess, with the prospects for a vote in the Senate now nearly nil.


Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at