Saturday, November 7, 2009

HR 3962: Stupak Won't Cut It

Final vote is supposed to be within the hour. Despite Stupak, let's pray it fails. There's no way the Democrats are going to let the Stupak amendment stand, not any meaningful way.

From Congressman John Boehner's website, via National Review:

"2:35 PM: Chairman Waxman Won’t Guarantee That Speaker Pelosi’s Final Health Bill Will Include Stupak Anti-Abortion Language

In an exchange this afternoon on the House Floor, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) asked Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) if he would guarantee abortion opponents that Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) amendment barring federal funding of abortion in Speaker Pelosi’s government takeover of health care will not be jettisoned from the bill by Democratic congressional leaders in House-Senate conference negotiations if the Pelosi bill passes the House with the Stupak amendment attached.

Chairman Waxman’s answer? 'No guarantee can be made by me or any other Member at this time.'"

And the New York Times reported this morning on how abortion supporting Democrats planned to respond to the Stupak amendment:

“There’s no way at the end of the day we’re going to support these kinds of further restrictions on abortion,” Representative Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois, said early Saturday morning on C-Span. “We’re going to strategize further about how we’re going to respond to this amendment. Get as many votes as we can against it. But at the end of the day we want to move the process along.”

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