Obama: 'Let's Finish the Job'

President rallies Democrats as House debates bill
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2009 12:34 PM CST
Obama: 'Let's Finish the Job'
President Obama kisses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after walking out of the Cannon Caucus Room after meeting with House Democrats.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Obama rallied the Democratic troops today and told the nation that "this is our moment to deliver" on health care reform. In a brief Rose Garden address that took place as the House debated its long-awaited bill, Obama again stressed the need for reform and urged lawmakers to "answer the call of history." Representatives are expected to vote on the final measure sometime today, and Nancy Pelosi sounds confident, notes Politico.

"Today we will make not only history, but progress for America's working families," she said. It remains unclear, however, whether Democrats have the necessary 218 votes. No Republicans are expected to vote for the bill. Earlier, Obama made a rare visit to Capitol Hill to meet with Democrats in a closed-door session. "I reminded them that opportunities like this come around maybe once a generation," he said. (More President Obama stories.)

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