Pelosi open to recess work on healthcare

Dec. 10, 2009 at 4:43 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. House leaders are willing to interrupt their recess to pass a healthcare reform bill if the Senate acts soon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

Pelosi said if the Senate passes a bill by Dec. 17, a House-Senate conference committee to iron out differences between the Senate and House versions could meet and both chambers could pass a bill by New Year's Day, The Hill reported.

"I think we would do almost anything to pass a healthcare bill," Pelosi said during her weekly news conference. "As soon as we can, we will."

Pelosi, D-Calif., wrote off suggestions that the House would pass the Senate version of the bill without going to conference, the Washington publication said.

"We would like to see a full conference," she said.

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