According to a report in The Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blaming the media for setting the August deadline to pass healthcare legislation:
Reid said reporters created a fictitious deadline of a successful vote by the August recess, and downplayed the fact that the chamber won’t meet that mark.
“That is a deadline that you created,” Reid told a group of about 75 reporters. “It’s not like we don’t have a product. Significant progress has been made … The mere fact that this wasn’t done by last Friday or by five o’clock doesn’t mean we’re not going to get a quality product.”
So, I’ve gotta ask, where was Senator Reid when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was sure she’d meet Obama’s deadline in an article from this past May:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi told President Obama today that the Democratic-led House will have a health care bill on the floor before it leaves for the August recess.
The goal is “quality, affordable, accessible health care for all Americans,” Pelosi told reporters after a White House meeting with Obama and other House leaders.
Obama set the deadline at July 31 and said it shows “the kind of urgency and dedication that we need.”
And then there’s this, from the Huffington Post a scant 10 days ago where Obama is “defending” his August deadline:
President Barack Obama is defending his relentless campaign for a health care bill before Congress’s August recess, saying “the default in Washington is inaction and inertia.” The Republican Party chairman assailed it as an “excessive push.”
But sure, Harry, the media set that deadline. Wink wink.