Gibbs: Obama May Ask Congressional Leaders To Delay Recess If They Fail To Meet Health Care Deadline

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At today’s White House press briefing, Robert Gibbs told reporters that President Obama would consider asking either or both houses of Congress to delay their recesses if they haven’t held a vote on health care reform legislation before their scheduled adjournment dates.

In theory, the President could call Congress into special session, but it’s hard to imagine that it’ll come to that. This may be the first acknowledgment from the White House that things are further behind schedule than Obama would like. And with Obama set to meet with Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)–chairman of the Senate Finance Committee–and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY)–chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee–this afternoon, it may be a sign that the administration is stepping up its involvement in the process as the deadline approaches.

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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 brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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