President Obama postpones trip to Asia as health care vote looms

March 19th, 2010 - 12:25 am ICT by BNO News  

Barack Obama WASHINGTON D.C. (BNO NEWS) – U.S. President Barack Obama have informed Indonesia and Australia leaders that he will postpone his visit to these nations until June as health care final vote is coming, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced on Thursday.

President Obama decided to stay in the United States as this week is crucial for the health care reform as final voting is expected to take place in the coming days. The House has already posted the health care legislation on the Internet and the 72-hour public review period has started, so the final vote cannot take place before Sunday.

“The President greatly regrets the delay. Our international alliances are critical to America’s security and economic progress. But passage of health insurance reform is of paramount importance, and the President is determined to see this battle through,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

Earlier this year the White House announced the first official visit to Indonesia, Australia and Guam of President Obama and was scheduled to travel on March 21.

In Indonesia, President Obama will formally launch a comprehensive partnership that will cover a wide range of issues that are of importance to both nations from educational and social issues to political and military cooperation.

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