Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said yesterday that a vote on health care reform legislation will not happen before the August congressional recess.

“We’ll come back in the fall,” Reid said. “I think that it’s better to have a product that is one that’s based on quality and thoughtfulness rather than trying to jam something through.”

Questions about his sincerity aside, this is great news for Arkansans and millions of Americans who oppose a government takeover of healthcare. If Sen. Reid follows through with his promise and delays a vote, we’ll have more time to build an even stronger offensive strategy against whatever the Democrats unveil in the fall—which will most likely be just as bad.

But remember: The war cannot be won if we don’t continue fighting. The House of Representatives still has its healthcare bill in play, and it’s not any better than the Senate version. Even though the House bill—if passed—would probably die in the Senate, our representatives should still be contacted. Wouldn’t it be great if House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) followed Sen. Reid’s example and delayed a vote by the House? Your calls can help to ensure this happens.

Let Reps. Boozman, Snyder, Berry and Ross know that you agree with Senator Harry Reid—we need quality health care reform, so let’s not jam something through. Ask them to suggest to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to not vote on the House healthcare bill (H.R. 3200) before the August congressional recess and wait until the fall to bring the issue back up. Arkansas and the entire country would benefit from more time and thought on something so important.

Rep. Mike Ross
Ph: 202-225-3772

Rep. Marion Berry
Ph: 202-225-4076

Rep. Vic Snyder
Ph: 202-225-2506

Rep. John Boozman
Ph: 202-225-4301