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November 07, 2009

Health Care Votes- Stupak Passes With 176 R's and 64 D's. UPDATE x2 Boehner Amendment Fails Democrat Bill Passes 1 Republican Votes Yes 220-215

Out having a life for a bit.

Not sure what if anything I missed, the House is about to voted on the Stupak abortion funding amendment. I can't believe the GOP is going to vote for this.

Come on Republicans...vote present. Make Democrats crack up over this.

Great. Republicans are helping to pass this and making it easier for many Democrats to vote yes on final passage.

Sure we'll get stuck with Obama care but many in the GOP can continue to enjoy their 100% National Right To Life Committee record.

Heck of a job GOP, heck of a job.

I tweeted Brad Dayspring, in the GOP Whip's Office as to why the GOP is doing this, he sent me the link to this statement.

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH), House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) issued the following statement in support of an amendment offered by Representatives Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA) that would prohibit federal funding of abortions under the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) health care plan: “We believe in the sanctity of life, and the Stupak-Pitts Amendment addresses a moral issue of the utmost concern. It will limit abortion in the United States. Because of this, while we strongly and deeply oppose the underlying bill, we decided to stand with Life and support Stupak-Pitts.

“The danger of this bill passing without critical pro-life language was too great a risk to do otherwise. Indeed, a number of Democrat supporters of Stupak-Pitts had privately indicated to many of our colleagues that all they needed for “cover” was a vote, and they would support final passage even if the amendment failed.

“To be clear, the Stupak-Pitts Amendment's passage is the right thing to do. We believe you just don’t play politics with life.

“When this bill is conferenced with the Senate, the pro-life majority in the House of Representatives must ensure that this important amendment is in the final legislation. If it does not, this same strong majority must defeat the bill.”

As I responded to Daybrook, I appreciate the answer but this is horrible strategy. The NRLC should have been adults about this. They are going to save this amendment and ensure final passage. Then it's going to get struck in conference and a chance to kill this will have been lost.

Right now it's passing with 63 Dem votes and 170+ Republican votes.

The GOP leadership got rolled on this by Pelosi.


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