Stupak: House Dems said "No Way" to Passing the Senate Bill
Abortion is only fourth on the list of issues that would cost Pelosi votes.
12:26 PM, Jan 20, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) just spoke to THE WEEKLY STANDARD about the prospects of the House passing the Senate bill unamended, the path to a health care overhaul that liberal commentators think is most viable in the wake of Scott Brown's victory. "There is no plan B," Stupak said. "There are so many problems with the Senate bill from the House view that they wouldn’t get a hundred votes." The Senate bill's abortion-funding provision is only about fourth on the list of problems with the Senate bill, Stupak said.
Stupak continued: "I still think there’s at least 10 to 12 [Democratic] members [who had voted for the bill in November] who have indicated to me that they would not vote for the bill unless it had the Stupak language [on abortion]."
He said that at last night's Democratic caucus meeting, it seemed as if the Democratic leaders were operating on the assumption that Scott Brown wasn't a factor. After being filled in on the House negotiations with the Senate, Stupak said, “we're looking at each other like, yeah, well that’s that's good, but … even if you reach agreement, can you have it done by tomorrow? Because you're not going to have 60 votes come tomorrow. They filled us in and it was almost like there wasn’t an election in Massachusetts."