Stupak Gets His Vote
Representative Bart Stupak’s (D. MI.) amendment to the ObamaCare bill in the House will get an up or down vote. Stupak’s amendment would prohibit all funding of abortion under the House ObamaCare bill. Now the Lying Worthless Political Hack, a/k/a, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, attempted to avoid a vote on the Stupak Amendment by concocting a false compromise which was shot down. So why is she caving now after so long attempting to avoid a vote on this issue which threatens to derail ObamaCare for good? She doesn’t have the votes to pass it otherwise. Her whip Steny Hoyer (D. MD.), has told her that he doesn’t have the votes to pass ObamaCare unless pro-life Dems get this vote.
If the amendment passes, it is a cinch that enough liberal Democrats will oppose it to kill the ObamaCare bill in the House. If the amendment fails, enough Democrats might still support the bill to pass it. Stupak has indicated, see video above, that this is the course that he will follow. I would suggest that readers of this blog might wish to contact their CongressCritters today and indicate clearly that abortion funding in the ObamaCare bill is completely unacceptable.
Update I: Stupak Amendment passes 240 (176 Republicans and 64 Democrats) to 194 ( all Democrats) and one Republican who voted present. With those type of numbers I think it is politically impossible for this to be removed in a conference comittee with the Senate, assuming the Senate passes a health care bill which I consider unlikely.
Update II: ObamaCare passes in the House 220 (219 Democrats and 1 Republican)- 215 (176 Republicans and 39 Democrats). Now on to the Senate. Whatever the Senate does, the House leadership will not be able to pass this bill after any future reconciliation conference unless the Stupak amendment is part of the package, and I doubt if they can hold all of the 194 Democrats who voted against Stupak if Stupak is part of the package.