November 5, 2009 / 2:24 PM / 10 years ago

Hoyer sees close U.S. House healthcare vote

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) - House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer on Thursday said he expects the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a sweeping healthcare overhaul on Saturday, but acknowledged that the vote would be close.

“I think it’s going to be close,” Hoyer told reporters. He said the House would take up the bill on Saturday and that it would win majority support from Democrats.

Hoyer said leaders were working through some last minute details to settle concerns by some Democrats over abortion and immigration issues. Republicans oppose the overhaul sought by President Barack Obama and are expected to vote against the bill in the House.

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