President Obama pressed Congress today to “finish its work” and pass a healthcare reform bill that he can sign into law, adding that he has asked lawmakers to schedule a vote “in the next few weeks.”
“The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future,” Obama said in a televised speech from the East Room of the White House March 3. “They are waiting for us to act. They are waiting for us to lead. And as long as I hold this office, I intend to provide that leadership. I don’t know how this plays politically, but I know it’s right.”
Published reports say that Obama plans to pass healthcare reform through reconciliation, a measure which allows the Senate to pass a bill with just 51 votes, a simple majority.