House Democrats reach deal on healthcare bill

WASHINGTON, July 29 Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:29pm IST

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WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have reached a deal with a group of fiscal conservatives in their own party on how to move forward with healthcare legislation, a leading lawmaker said on Tuesday.

Representative Mike Ross, who leads the so-called "Blue Dog" conservative coalition, said they had reached a deal with leadership after days of long negotiations.

CNN said that under the agreement, a healthcare bill would be moved to committee by Friday but that the full House would not take the issue up until September after it returns from its month-long break.

(Reporting by Jackie Frank, Editing by Sandra Maler) ((Washington newsroom +1 202 898 8300))

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