Democratic leaders have apparently thrown in the towel — telling their Republican counterparts that there will be no health care vote on the House floor before the August recess starts this Friday, according a Republican memo obtained by POLITICO.
From: Cavicke, David
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 4:51 PM
Democratic Leadership has told Mr. Boehner’s staff that there will be no vote on Health on the Floor before recess and we will leave Friday.
We still have no confirmation of plans to resume or end the Committee Markup.
David L. Cavicke
Republican Chief of Staff
Committee on Energy and Commerce
UPDATE: GOP and Democratic leadership sources confirm that the Friday floor vote is off — but say Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has left open the possibility of keeping members through the weekend to finish the committee bill.
UPDATE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just emerged from a closed-door meeting to say not so fast:
"[She] told reporters that we haven’t made any announcements about the floor schedule and they will be the first to know when we do," said Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly in an email.