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Lawmakers say health overhaul has been slowed

Top members of Congress say it's unlikely they will meet President Barack Obama's August deadline for a sweeping health care overhaul.

world Updated: Jul 12, 2009 21:07 IST

Top members of Congress say it's unlikely they will meet President Barack Obama's August deadline for a sweeping health care overhaul.

Lawmakers on Sunday said they would not rush on a health care overhaul that isn't even in final form yet.

The North Dakota senator in charge of the budget committee, Democrat Kent Conrad, says there's plenty of time for the overhaul while Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says there's no rush.

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says Obama would be pleased with the progress toward overhaul, while Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire says it's "highly unlikely" his finance committee would move because the legislation isn't even written.

The lawmakers appeared on CNN's "State of the Union."