President Obama has invited a small group of fiscally-conscious House Democrats — known as the “Blue Dogs” — to the White House Tuesday morning in an effort to win their support for his controversial health care reform package, FOX News has learned.
“We’re just not there yet,” said Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind., one of the lawmakers invited to the session with Mr. Obama. “We’re getting there.”
When asked what the main concern was, Hill responded, “Time.”
Hill is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a key panel struggling to approve a health reform bill. Many conservative Democrats on the committee are already shell-shocked from criticism they’ve heard for voting for a climate and energy bill in June. Many of those lawmakers are reluctant to take a tough vote again.
Hill’s rural, southwest Indiana district is a case study in the red-blue divide.