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As health bill is delayed, White House negotiates

New York Times, July 24, 2009

White House officials negotiated furiously to keep major healthcare legislation on track after the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said his chamber would not vote on a health measure until after Congress returned from its summer recess. The White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, led a hastily called three-hour negotiating session at the Capitol with conservative Blue Dog Democrats, the group that has stalled action on the healthcare bill in the House.