Thursday, November 19, 2009

WEASEL: Reid Schedules Saturday Night Vote for Health Bill No One Wants; Unveils 2,074 Page Health Bill. Do You Think Congress Will Read It?

Senate Republican aides say that Harry Reid has scheduled the first vote on his health-care bill for Saturday night for 8:00 p.m. after 10 hours of floor debate. Ed Morrissey notes that registered voters oppose the House health care bill 51 percent to 35 percent; a poll done by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows registered voters oppose "President Obama’s health care plan" 52 percent to 40 percent.

All eyes are on Democratic senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska to see if he will vote Saturday night on the motion to proceed. Nelson is threatening to filibuster the final bill over funding of abortion and the "public option," but he's said this about voting on the motion to proceed:

the meaning of the motion to proceed is very simple:

It’s a motion to commence debate and an opportunity to make changes.

Let me say it again: it is a motion to start debate on a bill and to try to improve it.

If you don’t like the bill, then why would you block your own opportunity to amend it? Why would you stop senators from doing the job they’re elected to do—debate, consider amendments, and take action on an issue affecting every American?

If Senator Nelson is really dead-set against things like taxpayer-funding of abortion, it would make sense to vote against the motion on Saturday night. While there's a chance language like the Stupak amendment could get 50 votes in the Senate, it can't get 60 votes. Nelson can always vote against cloture at the end if the bill pays for abortions. But the Senate could get 60 votes for cloture without Nelson if Reid drops the public option and keeps its abortion-funding provisions, thereby potentially snagging the vote of Olympia Snowe. (Of course, that would also require self-proclaimed pro-lifer Bob Casey to sell out, and voting for abortion-funding could end the careers of senators like Kent Conrad, Harry Reid, and other Democrats.)

Right now Nelson has a stronger hand to play: either his colleagues promise to vote for Stupak language or he doesn't vote for the motion to provide.

1 comment:

  1. The democrats and Republicans are millionaire attorneys that are power hungry, "NOT CITIZEN REPRESENTATIVES", and definitely not economists.

    If this bill passess our government has failed us----there are no more democrats and Republicans anymore, just goons who take money from special interest parties----politicians like back-door-Frank and Dodd were bribed to protect the corporate boards.

    Our economy under the Obama administration has become the Bernie Madoff Ponzi economy and is about to collapse its the heart of socialism.

    If this government run health care bill passess slavery will be reaniamated once again----our generation and future generations will be indentured to the TAX-Devil---

    If this bill passess----the patriots of this country will have to choose----either this rogue government has domain over our freedoms or it becomes bullets over ballets---the clock is ticking.