Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Congressional negotiations over a massive health-care overhaul lasted into the night on Capitol Hill.
But there was no agreement, beyond a plan for lawmakers to meet again today.
Talks are centering around a group of conservative-to-moderate Democrats. The so-called Blue Dogs want to exempt more businesses from a requirement to offer insurance under the bill. They're also trying to alter the rules on a government insurance option, among other changes.
Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators may have a tentative deal on a plan to curb spending by squeezing an extra $35 billion out of Medicare.
The White House and Democratic leaders originally set deadlines of health care votes before lawmakers leave for their August recess. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to publicly abandon that timetable for the House. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did so for the Senate last week.