By Jared Allen - 07/29/09 12:43 PM EDT
Emerging from a leadership meeting, Waxman said it is his expectation that the House will adjourn on Friday without considering long-stalled healthcare legislation. But he said he will resume his markup of the bill at 4 p.m. Wednesday, even though a week’s worth of discussions with seven Blue Dogs on his committee has not yielded an agreement.
Asked if he expected Blue Dogs to offer amendments, Waxman responded: “We’ll take up amendments as members are recognized.”
Earlier in the day, the seven Energy and Commerce Blue Dogs who have held up the bill over a wide range of disagreements stated that they had not reached a “final agreement” with Waxman, but said they were prepared to offer amendments if the markup resumed.
Blue Dog leaders said they had struck a deal with Waxman and House leaders to allow the markup to resume if, in exchange, leaders would guarantee that the House would adjourn for the month of August without bringing a healthcare bill to the floor.