Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders just emerged from a closed-door caucus meeting that included a personal appearance by President Obama confident the House will pass a sweeping health care reform bill today.
Addressing reporters outside the caucus meeting room just now, Pelosi looked back briefly before announcing what seemed like a deal to pass reform.
It was three years ago today that Pelosi led Democrats to retake the House after more than a decade of Republican control. She said the date was “appropriate.”
“It is appropriate that the promise we made [to voters] … will be manifested today,” she said. “We will pass health care reform.”Obama came to the Hill today as Democrats were in the midst of eleventh-hour negotiations to secure passage of the bill in a vote expected to come this eventing.
Pelosi didn’t give many details on the closed-door session with Obama, but said that the president’s continued push for reform was instrumental to getting the process to this point.
“Without President Obama, we would not be in the position to get this done today,” she said.
A final House vote is expected to come late this evening.