July 29, 2009 / 5:02 PM / 10 years ago

House Democrats reach deal on healthcare bill

Congressman Mike Ross, L, (D-AL) speaks to reporters after he and a group of fellow Democratic Congressmen met with U.S. President Barack Obama about overhauling the healthcare system at the White House in Washington July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (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

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