Obama Leans on Senate Dems
President hits the hill to help move bill along
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2009 3:38 PM CST
President Obama walks out of the Senate Democratic caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. The Senate is meeting in a rare Sunday session to debate health care.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – President Obama returned to his old haunts today in an attempt to unite Senate Democrats as he pushes to have health care reform legislation passed before the end of the year. Almost as unusual as a visit from the president is the fact that the Senate is meeting on a weekend, but the novelty didn't appear to turn many heads. "We're working toward a consensus," Harry Reid said after the caucus's closed-door meeting. "We're not there."

Obama "thanked members of the Senate for their hard work so far and encouraged them to continue forward," a White House spokesman tells the Wall Street Journal. Unresolved issues, including the existence and configuration of a public option and the question of abortion coverage, continue to divide Senate Democrats.

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