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Democrats Still Do Not Have The Votes

From a still hopeful Reuters:

House Democrat says still short on health votes

By John Whitesides Sun Mar 14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House officials on Sunday confidently predicted quick final passage of healthcare reform but a top Democratic vote-counter said the party still needs to line up more support in the House of Representatives.

With President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul headed for a final House vote this week, House Democratic Whip James Clyburn said Democrats were short for now of the 216 votes needed but he was confident they could find them.

"We don’t have them as of this morning, but we’ve been working this thing all weekend, we’ll be working it going into the week, I’m also very confident that we’ll get this done," Clyburn, the No. 3 House Democrat who is entrusted with lining up the party’s votes, said on NBC’s "Meet the Press." …

House Democrats are scrambling to win final passage of the Senate’s healthcare bill among Democrats unhappy with key provisions — including language on the ban on federal funding for abortion — and nervous about November’s elections in which Republicans could challenge their control of Congress…

House Republican leader John Boehner agreed with Clyburn that Democrats do not have the votes yet to pass the healthcare bill and said he would try to keep it from happening.

"If they had the votes, then it would be law," Boehner said of Democrats on CNN. "We’re going to do everything we can to make it difficult for them, if not impossible to pass the bill."

House Democrats have expressed concern about whether the Senate will follow up their vote and pass the reconciliation bill with the changes they are seeking.

Richard Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, told NBC the House should have "absolute assurance that when reconciliation comes over to the Senate side, we’re going to pass it." …

The House Budget Committee will meet on Monday to take the first steps toward passage, and House Democrats are awaiting final cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office before publishing the final changes to the bill.

Democrats hope to keep the total cost in the same neighborhood as the Senate bill’s $875 billion price tag over 10 years, which includes deficit reduction of about $118 billion over the same period…

Perhaps the most disgusting thing about the entire ‘healthcare reform’ boondoggle is the charade that the Democrats are in any way concerned about the cost.

They don’t care one bit how much any of this costs. They only see it as a way to gain more and longer lasting power.

That it will completely bankrupt the country does not matter to them at all.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Democrats Still Do Not Have The Votes”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Reid, “No one’s talking about reconciliation” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKc4B2tdnuw

    Obama and reconciliation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKc4B2tdnuw

    (Note how he is slimy and can’t be nailed down about directly referring to reconciliation.)

    Interesting, especially when they talk about “arrogance of power” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjdbjrXiobQ

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Treasury will be opened up in the middle of the night for vote buying.
    Sleep well America.
    Thugs have the key to this nations health and welfare.
    (Dr. Doctor to I.C.U. STAT)


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