A key House Dem has begun informing party leaders he plans to vote against health care legislation both on the House floor and in the rules committee, on which he sits.
Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-NY), a sophomore Dem who had a tougher-than-expected re-election bid in '08, has told the Dem caucus he will vote against the bill.
He becomes the 3rd member, along with Reps. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), to have switched from supporting the first bill, in Nov., to opposing the Senate version.
Arcuri had made noises suggesting he'd vote "no," but a confirmation today right before the Democrats' press conference was helpful. I can't emphasize enough how fluid these vote confirmations may end up being, but Arcuri is a yes-to-no flip from a non-Stupak Democrat, so if he stays that way, it's good news.
John McCormack sends this story from two days ago, which suggests Nancy Pelosi's arm-twisting may not be as effective as she's hoping:
Like many others, Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-N.Y.), a member of the Rules Committee who had signaled he might vote against the package, is waiting on a chance to read the final bill. But that didn’t stop Pelosi from giving him the personal treatment late last week in her office. As he left, Pelosi had him up against the wall of her hallway in an intense conversation.
But Arcuri, whose vote could prove critical, said immediately afterward that his position had not changed, and he is still undecided.