54 House Democrats and All Republicans Against Obamacare? Update: Make that 69 Dems?
2:45 PM, Jul 22, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Today, Nancy Pelosi said: "I have no question that we have the votes on the floor of the House to pass this [health-care] legislation." But Joe Pounder of the GOP Whip's press office emails:
Here's an update: 19 Democrats wrote in a letter to Nancy Pelosi: "we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan." Twelve of these 19 Democrats aren't already on the list of 42, which you can see in full after the jump. (Update: I originally incorrectly wrote that 11 weren't on the list. Corrections have been made accordingly.):
Earlier today, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said at a press conference that he believes there are potentially 39 Democrats who would vote against the House bill because it would mandate taxpayer-funded abortions. Thirty-nine Democrats recently voted to reestablish the Dornan amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funding of abortions in D.C.
Asked after the same press conference if any Republicans support the bill, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) told me: "As of this point, we don't know of any. I just talked to a senior member this morning about that issue." Some of the most likely GOP suspects to vote for Obamacare are the eight Republicans who voted for cap-and-trade. But most of them have explicitly come out against Obamacare. The one exception: John McHugh, the New York congressman appointed to be Obama's Secretary of the Army. His press secretary did not respond to an email asking about his position on the House's health-care legislation.
If all Republicans oppose the legislation, they would need 40 Democrats to join them in order to defeat the bill.
Update: Apologies for the piecemeal process of tabulating congressman who have problems with the House bill, but it turns out that 15 of the 39 House Democrats who tried to block taxpayer-funding of abortion in D.C. aren't already listed above or below:
At Least 42 House Democrats Are Holding Up The House Democrat Bill:
Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) Rep. Mike Arcuri (D-NY)
Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH) Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK)
Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL) Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)
Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL) Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN)
Rep. John Hall (D-NY) Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN) Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH)
Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO)
Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA) Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY)
Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) Rep. Mike McMahon (D-NY)
Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA) Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME)
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY) Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)