Monday, March 15, 2010

Dem Votes On Health Care "Peeling Off" - Rep David Drier (R-CA)

I have met David Drier, and used to live in his district.  Not everyone likes him, but he is as honest a politician with his constituents as I have ever met here in CA.  Here is his take on the current health care vote, courtesy of the fine folks at Ace Of Spades HQ.  If it's accurate - it's good news!

In a press conference on Capitol Hill today, Rep. David Dreier (R., Calif.), ranking Republican on the House Rules Committee, said the word around the House is that Democrats are still about 10 votes away from securing the 216 they will need to pass changes to the health-care bill. Dreier added that that number might be moving in the wrong direction for Democrats.

“You are hearing that people are peeling off,” he said.

Dreier also repeated the warnings about the Senate that many Congressional Republicans have been issuing to the other side of the aisle. He said that, assuming House Democrats succeed in passing a reconciliation measure along to the Senate, even marginal changes made there would require the measure to return to the House yet again.

“I would not be terribly sanguine about the prospect of the Senate effectively dealing with this,” Dreier said, adding that only once in history has a reconciliation measure passed through the Senate without a single amendment.

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