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.