Grassley, Braley predict health vote by Thanksgiving

Healthcare reform legislation will probably face a final vote in the middle of November, Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyDems plot recess offensive on ObamaCare The case for protecting America's intelligence agency whistleblowers Senate confirms Trump's first lower-court nominee MORE (R-Iowa) suggested Monday.

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.

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"If we get a bill on the Senate floor by the third or fourth week of September, it's probably going to take two weeks," Grassley told Radio Iowa. "Probably take a month to negotiate the difference between the House and Senate provisions, so I would suggest the middle of November."

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 BraleyBruce BraleyTen years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer Criminal sentencing bill tests McConnell-Grassley relationship MORE (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.