By Michael O'Brien - 08/03/09 12:55 PM EDT
Grassley, who as ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee has been a lead negotiator of a bipartisan health package, predicted completed legislation slightly past the October deadline President Obama and congressional Democrats have preferred.
Democrats in Congress and the White House have said they expect Obama to be able to sign a bill by October, but with lawmakers adjourning for recess without passing preliminary bills, that deadline may prove difficult.
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which reported a marked-up version of the House health reform bill on Friday, predicted a final bill before Thanksgiving recess for lawmakers.
"It's an ideal time for that because it's kind of natural break … the Friday just before Thanksgiving break," Braley told Radio Iowa.