Rahm: House Will Vote Before Recess

Don't listen to Harry Reid: The House will indeed vote on health-care reform before the August recess, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told NPR on Friday morning. While he said that a final product of health reform is only likely to come by the end of the year, Emanuel said that after meetings with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders, "their intention is to go next week and she is working toward that goal." And though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday, "It's better to get a product that's based on quality and thoughtfulness than on trying to just get something through," Emanuel insists that the summer months should be useful for Congress to "work out and iron out differences." He added: "having a deadline focuses the mind."