By Sam Youngman - 03/11/10 08:13 PM EST
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Thursday backed off next
week's deadline for healthcare reform to pass the House, saying
President Barack Obama would be pleased if it passes a day or two after
Gibbs and Democratic leaders have been at odds this week over the date for passage, which coincides with the president's departure to Indonesia and Australia.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and other Democrats have pushed back on the March 18 deadline Gibbs put forward last week.
Even as he acknowledged a "disconnect" between the White House and Congress earlier this week, Gibbs insisted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are just as eager to pass reform as the president.