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Health reform deadline in doubt

Washington Post, July 24, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid has acknowledged that his chamber is unable to pass healthcare reform before its August recess, a move that highlighted internal Democratic divisions on the legislation and is likely to result in significant changes to the shape of the final bill. The Aug. 7 deadline that President Obama set for House and Senate leaders to move their versions of reform served as a tool for congressional leaders in minimizing dissent as the $1 trillion package moved through five committees.