The latest aftershock from the Massachusetts earthquake: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just announced she doesn’t have the votes for the House to pass the Senate’s version of the health care bill. For now.
More to come…
Via The Hill:
The House lacks the votes to pass the Senate’s healthcare bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.
Pelosi threw cold water on the idea that the House could muster enough support to pass the Senate’s health bill, which includes a number of provisions liberals in the House find distasteful.
“I don’t see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference. “The members have been very clear.”
…”We have to get a bill passed. We know that,” Pelosi said, adding that “unease would be a gentle word” to describe House members’ attitude toward the Senate legislation at the moment.
Yes, “unease” is too gentle. Try dyspepsia, nausea, revulsion, phobia, panic.
Yes, panic fits nicely.
More from Philip Klein, who reports on Democrat Majority Whip Clyburn’s remarks regarding the vote count/next steps.
Related: Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak writes in the WSJ today, “It May Be Time for a Scaled-Back Health Bill.”