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Last week, in network interviews from Asia, President Obama said he'd sign a health care bill by the State of the Union, and Democrats appear to be on board: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) told MSNBC that getting a bill to the president by that deadline is "absolutely our commitment." First August, then the end of the year, and now the State of the Union. Neither the House nor Senate has dates set in stone for when lawmakers will head home for the holidays and return to DC to resume work on a bill, and, if the House's Saturday vote was any indication, it looks like they'll be working overtime to get health care done--which is just what Brown promised: "We're going to be working weekends, we're going to be working into the night," he said.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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