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Obama Postpones Indonesia Trip, 'Will Sign' Bill Passed With 'Deem-and-Pass'

1:11 PM, Mar 18, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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In his press conference today, the first held in the Rose Garden, Robert Gibbs announced that Obama will push off his trip to Indonesia and Australia to June so that he can be around for the health-care reform vote, expected to happen Sunday.

"The president greatly regrets the delay," Gibbs said. "But passage of health care reform is of paramount importance, and the president is determined to see this battle through."

Nancy Pelosi reacts:

"I'm glad. I like having him here," she said.

Chip Reid asked Gibbs whether the President would be worried about the constitutionality of a bill passed with "deem-and-pass." Gibbs said he'd have no reservations about signing such a bill:

"He would sign that bill, yes."

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