Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 | 1:55 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed today to press forward with a bipartisan health care bill, even as “loud, shrill voices” backed by Republicans are shouting down the effort at town hall meetings across the country.
“We are going to do, if there’s any way humanly possible, a bipartisan bill,” Reid said following a lunch meeting at the White House.
President Barack Obama invited all 60 Democratic senators to lunch today to discuss health care and other issues as Congress prepares to adjourn for the August recess.
Reid, standing with Democratic Senate leaders after the meeting, compared the lunch to a “pep talk,” and signaled that it had an effect on his often disparate caucus: “The president didn’t get one standing ovation, he got several,” Reid said.
“We don’t want a partisan bill,” Reid said. “We will continue to work with them as long as we have to. The American people want health care reform and we’re going to do it -- in spite of the loud, shrill voices coming from the town hall meetings.”