I dont know, but I think shes bluffing. Should we call her bluff? 41 Dems and all 177 Republicans would defeat the monster, but can we count on all the Republicans? The rumor is we have 40 to 45 hard no votes with moderate Dems. With all the branches the Dems would have to climb out on, would it be worth the gamble? On one hand, there is a victory in not having the vote before the recess. On the other hand, a vote that defeats the bill would be an even better setback. Should we call their bluff, or is Pelosis confidence for real?
The seven Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee stormed out of a Friday meeting with their committee chairman, Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), saying Waxman had been negotiating in bad faith over a number of provisions Blue Dogs demanded be changed in the stalled healthcare bill.
“I’ve been lied to,” Blue Dog Coalition Co-Chairman Charlie Melancon (D-La.) said on Friday. “We have not had legitimate negotiations…
If the two sides cannot reach an agreement, the only hope for passage of the bill in the House will be to go straight to the floor, an option leaders shied away from endorsing but said was an option.
But the Blue Dogs issued dire warnings to leaders contemplating that approach.
“Waxman simply does not have votes in committee and process should not be bypassed to bring the bill straight to floor,” Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), the lead Blue Dog negotiator, said on Friday. “We are trying to save this bill and trying to save this party.”