Dems Call a 'Timeout' on Health Care Reform

In wake of Massachusetts, Harry Reid says 'there's no rush'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2010 5:59 PM CST
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – And suddenly, "there's no rush" to get health care reform passed. So says Harry Reid in comments echoed up and down the party line today. Democrats essentially called a halt to President Obama's No. 1 priority now that Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts has gummed up the works. Coming just a day ahead of the State of the Union, the comments make it unlikely that Obama will lay out a specific path forward tomorrow.

“It’s a timeout,” Dianne Feinstein tells the New York Times. “The leadership is re-evaluating. They asked us to keep our powder dry.” All kinds of legislative maneuvering, from budget reconciliation to fast-track approval, have been bandied about, but nothing looks promising at the moment. “Frankly, we’re trying to figure out what is possible,” said House majority leader Steny Hoyer.

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