Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who has unveiled a health care reform bill of his own, said any hope of reaching a bipartisan consensus depends on Obama if bipartisanship is something the president desires. Burr predicted that health care reform would fail absent Obamas push for a bill that can be embraced by Democrats and Republicans.
Im not sure that hes playing a role, Burr said. The process up here has been less than bipartisan. This is all about process; its not about reaching a consensus. At some point the president has to weigh in with either what his plan is or what the process is going to be, if in fact he wants a bill that he could sign.
If not, Burr added, the weight of where this is going the American people will kill long before the president gets hold of it.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.