By Sam Youngman - 01/06/10 09:59 PM EST
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) set no deadline for a House healthcare vote following a White House meeting Wednesday with President Barack Obama.
The Speaker deflected questions about the timing of a vote, only saying it was “possible” the vote could take place by the end of the month.
“We will bring the bill to the floor when we are ready, and hopefully that will be soon,” Pelosi said following the second meeting between Obama and House leaders in two days.
But when asked if the bill would pass this month, Democratic lawmakers seemed unsure, and there was a lengthy pause before Pelosi said, “It’s possible.”
Other Democrats attending Wednesday’s meeting included Reps. Charles Rangel (N.Y.), George Miller (Calif.), Louise Slaughter (N.Y.) and Henry Waxman (Calif.).
Pelosi described the series of meetings as “an intense couple of days."
When asked what the president’s message was, Waxman, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said: “Get it done.”
Pelosi said the House has selected a few issues it wants to shepherd through the process, including affordability, accountability for insurance companies and access to insurance.
“We really have to be able to sell it,” said Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Not just to the Democratic caucus, but to the American people.”