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Congress: Punting on floor votes

Roll Call: "House Democratic leaders hope to quickly defuse rising intraparty tensions and reach a health care deal this week, but they are acknowledging that they may be forced to join the Senate and punt on a floor vote until after the August recess."

Video: President Obama heads to North Carolina and Virginia as he continues to push for his health care reform plan. The Senate has said it will not vote on the measure before the August recess. NBC's Chuck Todd reports.

"Democratic and GOP officials acknowledged Sunday that Obama's ambitious plan would not pass without the aid of a doubtful GOP, whose members are almost united against the White House effort. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., budget committee chair: "Look, there are not the votes for Democrats to do this just on our side of the aisle. Blue Dog Rep. Jim Cooper "said he doubts the Democratic-controlled House could pass a proposal as it's drafted now," the AP writes. 'We have a long way to go,' Cooper said." But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "insisted she has the votes to move forward with the plan despite concerns among fiscally conservative fellow Democrats. 'When I take this bill to the floor, it will win. We will move forward, it will happen.'"

Speaker Nancy Pelosi "raised the stakes by planning to restart talks Monday among bickering Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee… Democratic leaders are newly confident that these differences can be resolved, possibly in time to bring a House bill to the floor before lawmakers depart Friday for the August recess, although Pelosi did not commit to a timetable."

Video: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., explains why the GOP's version of health care reform reduces costs, increases access, and preserves the doctor to patient relationship.

Stu Rothenberg, writing in Roll Call: "Democratic Blue Dogs and deficit hawks are showing their muscle right now. Whether it's out of principle or merely a political reflection of the president's loss of support on health care among independent voters in a number of recent surveys, moderates in the president's own party are now driving the bus."