The Senate isn't close to reaching a bipartisan package on healthcare reform, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyMurkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump CBO releases analysis on extending increased unemployment benefits Grassley places hold on two Trump nominees in push for explanation of watchdog firings MORE (R-Iowa) said Tuesday.

Disputing reports that a deal on a healthcare bill was close, Grassley, the lead Republican on healthcare reform in the Senate, said there was still quite a bit to be done.

"There is no agreement because it's just within the last 10 days that, at the staff level...that there's been any discussion," Grassley said during an interview on Fox News. "So if you're talking about a bipartisan deal, not yet."

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Among other obstacles, Grassley said it would take time for him to confer with Republicans and for Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to meet with Democrats before a deal could be reached.

Grassley also said that big issues like the inclusion of a public option, funding, and mandates still are yet to be resolved -- big sticking points between the parties.

The Iowa lawmaker also said that President Obama's involvement would be key to making a deal.