House Rules Committee Setting Rules for Health Care Vote

The House Rules Committee is in session setting up the rules for tomorrow's health care vote.

Stupak postponed his press conference on the abortion issue. What is he, the new Drama Queen? Pelosi says there will be no separate vote on his proposal.

Seems to me the bill is going to pass. It may be a squeaker, but it will pass.

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    Last night I was pretty sure (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by andgarden on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 11:48:39 AM EST
    that leadership would cave to Stupak. I'm glad to see that might not be so.

    Of course it is (none / 0) (#1)
    by jbindc on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 11:33:06 AM EST
    They would delay or cancel the vote tomorrow if they didn't think it would pass.  It would be devastating to have a loss.

    Shrill (none / 0) (#3)
    by waldenpond on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 11:53:59 AM EST
    The resistance is just shrill.

    Stupak situation was odd.  They met last night and the report was the pro-choice cauces came out of the meeting angry and Stupak had set his presser for this morning.

    Ok, there won't be a separate vote (none / 0) (#4)
    by observed on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 11:57:51 AM EST
    on Stupak, but will the Stupak language be added to the House bill? FDL reported something like this last night.

    Timeline (none / 0) (#5)
    by waldenpond on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 12:07:43 PM EST
    To the best of my understanding here's what has happened.

    Yesterday morning, Stupak wanted to use an enrollment correction to add his restrictions.

    Yesterday afternoon and early evening this option was on cable news and the blogs.

    8:00 pm last night Pelosi, Stupak and the pro-choice caucus met.  The pro-choice people came out unhappy.  Stupak scheduled a press conference for today.

    Today, Stupak cancels his presser and Pelosi states 'no vote.'

    Something happened in between 8:00pm and this am.


    Indeed (none / 0) (#6)
    by andgarden on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 12:10:34 PM EST
    I would like to think that the pro-choice caucus said "no deal."

    But then Stupak's bloc willl vote no (none / 0) (#7)
    by observed on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 12:12:17 PM EST
    , right?

    Who knows? (none / 0) (#8)
    by andgarden on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 12:13:10 PM EST
    That's what leadership thought in November.

    You are assuming (none / 0) (#9)
    by CoralGables on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 12:17:21 PM EST
    Stupak has a block.

    He has a small one---fewer than (none / 0) (#10)
    by observed on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 12:18:00 PM EST
    10, right?

    He says (none / 0) (#12)
    by CoralGables on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 12:27:24 PM EST
    he does, whatever that is worth.

    The Dems (none / 0) (#13)
    by jbindc on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 12:30:18 PM EST
    can't lose 1 vote - let alone 10.

    It's not an assumption- (none / 0) (#14)
    by Joan in VA on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 12:55:49 PM EST
    a block of anti-abortion Democrats who want his language included exists.

    Here's what's happened so far (none / 0) (#11)
    by jbindc on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 12:19:42 PM EST
    Anti-abortion Democrats renewed their threat to sink an overhaul of the nation's health care system Saturday, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided not to give them a separate vote that would have implemented a strict ban on federal funds subsidizing abortion.

    House leaders chose not to give Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) a vote on making the anti-abortion fix to the bill and will instead try to muster the 216 votes needed to send a health care overhaul to the president without his help, a Democratic aide confirmed.

    Pelosi said Saturday that she plans to allow no changes outside of a possible leadership-written manager's amendment.

    Hounded by reporters as she rushed from the House chamber to a private meeting in a nearby office, Pelosi could be heard to say: "An executive order is a different thing. That might be a possibility."

    While Stupak's spokeswoman told POLITICO that "discussions are continuing," the talks between anti-abortion Democrats and Pelosi "have collapsed," according to another Michigan Democrat, Rep. Dale Kildee, an abortion foe who plans to vote for the bill.

    Stupak, the leader of a small band of Democratic anti-abortion holdouts, scuttled a highly anticipated press conference Saturday morning in which he was expected to lay out his demands for airtight language banning federal subsidies for the purchase of insurance plans that cover abortion in exchange for the group's support of the bill.

    Democratic lawmakers and aides say they will get the votes they need even if they don't win the support of Stupak and some of his allies, but reaching 216 is significantly more difficult -- and at least potentially, impossible -- without them.

    Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), though, said Stupak's group is holding firm.

    He said that to support the legislation he needs an ironclad guarantee that Stupak's language will be resurrected and enforced -- whether the vehicle is legislation or executive action.

    "There's still time and they still need votes," he said.