Pelosi: Health Care Bill Has Votes to Pass

Cancer survivor Catherine Howard, right, looks on as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news conference on health care reform, Wednesday, July 22, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats have the votes to pass health care legislation in the House, even though negotiations are under way to make changes in the bill to satisfy some of its critics.

The House's top Democrat declined to say when she will call for the vote on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority. She says she wants to see what the Senate's plans are.

The California Democrat made her comments at a news conference Wednesday. She spoke as conservatives and the White House seek changes to impose greater cost controls on health care. Other members of the rank and file seek additional changes.


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