January 21, 2010 / 4:35 PM / in 8 years

House unlikely to pass Senate health bill: Pelosi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she does not think the Senate’s version of healthcare reform has enough support in the House to pass without changes.

<p>Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters about healthcare after a meeting with President Obama at the White House, January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque</p>

“I don’t see the votes for it,” Pelosi told reporters. She added Democratic congressional leaders were “not in a big rush” to determine their next move on healthcare, but remained determined to pass a bill this year.

Pushing the Senate’s version of the healthcare bill through the House was an option being considered by Democrats after Tuesday’s Republican victory in a Massachusetts Senate race cost them their crucial 60th Senate vote on healthcare.

Reporting by Donna Smith, editing by Stacey Joyce

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