Obama ditches Indonesia, Australia over health reform
Washington: US President Barack Obama has postponed until June his trip to Asia, the White House announced on Thursday, as fellow Democrats scrambled for support ahead of an expected final vote on health care reform this weekend in the House of Representatives.
Obama had been set to leave on a trip to Indonesia and Australia on Sunday, but spokesman Robert Gibbs cited the health care vote in the House, which could take place Sunday morning, as the chief reason for the president to remain in Washington.
Obama had already delayed the trip to Asia by three days, but with lawmakers uncertain throughout the last as to when the health vote would take place, Gibbs said it "seemed obvious to us that the best course of business was to reschedule Indonesia and Australia to June."
Health care reform has been Obama`s top domestic priority since entering office in January 2009. Approval on Sunday by the US House of Representatives would set up a final vote by the Senate in the coming weeks.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Is population control next on central govt's agenda after demonetization?
- India-Afghanistan thrash Pakistan over terrorism issue in Heart of Asia conference
- Gujarat: Goods train engine catches fire in Surat
- Watch: Tracing the journey of late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa from films to politics
- Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's condition extremely grave
- RIP Amma: Jayalalithaa dies after 75 days in hospital; Tamil Nadu mourns
- Fake or Real? 'Alien animal' caught on Karnataka-Kerala border
- Airtel’s free 4G internet offer may be a ploy to steal your data
- People want to know whether Jayalalithaa is alive or not; PM Narendra Modi must intervene, says expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa
- Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's condition continues to remain critical after suffering cardiac arrest