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Another Hurry-Up-for-the-Holiday Vote
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Hey, why not? President Obama and the Democrats don’t think you care about the process, so why not pull another holiday gambit and cram the government health care takeover down your throats right before Easter/Passover? Just more of that thoughtful “deliberation” (translation: get me the hell out of here, I gotta get on a plane for my vacation break/fundraiser/meeting with lobbyists!) brought to you by the ruling majority. Via The Hill:

Republicans expect a final vote on healthcare around the easter holiday this year, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican said Monday night.

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said he expected Democratic leaders to arrange their final votes on health reform to but up against lawmakers’ recess for the Easter and Passover holidays.

“This thing is losing support every day,” Kyl said during an interview on Fox News. “And I think what they’ll try to do is move it up against the Easter recess so that the members won’t have time to go home and have a full recess period before they take the vote.”

The House and Senate calendars calls for a district work period from March 29 through April 9, giving lawmakers a full two weeks off for the holiday season.

But there’s plenty of examples of Democratic leaders holding major votes right before recess periods, especially on healthcare. The Senate, for instance, held the vote to pass its healthcare bill early in the morning on Christmas Eve last year.

Dingy Harry cooked up his Cash for Cloture deals on the Saturday before Thanksgiving recess, too. Remember?

While Nancy Pelosi tells herself and the cameras she has the votes, this Bloomberg piece spotlights the “friction” from wavering Dems that hasn’t gone away:

Some House Democrats are uneasy over the likely use of a procedure called reconciliation that would sidestep Republican opposition by requiring only a simple majority vote in the Senate.

“It looks like we’re trying to cram something through,” said Representative Baron Hill, an Indiana Democrat who voted for the original House bill.

Hill said he might not back a measure if it goes through reconciliation, which is intended for budget matters. A “sizeable number” of the 54 fiscally conservative Democrats who call themselves Blue Dogs are also concerned, said South Dakota Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin…

…Michigan Representative Bart Stupak, a Democrat who led efforts to get stricter abortion language into the original House bill, said he won’t vote for the new one without changes. The problem is that language in a reconciliation measure must be related to the budget, and abortion may not qualify.

The vote count may get tricky. Representative Joseph Cao of Louisiana, the only Republican to support a bill, says he probably won’t vote for the final House measure.

Three Democratic House votes were also lost. Florida Representative Robert Wexler resigned in January to head a research group; Pennsylvania Representative John Murtha died last month; and Neil Abercrombie is leaving to campaign for governor of Hawaii.

And Democrats facing tight elections might abandon the party on what they see as an unpopular issue.

“I see a risk of some people who are vulnerable being made more vulnerable,” said Representative Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat.

The White House solution to this indecision? Another Obama speech scheduled for tomorrow that will use the Chicken Little card. Will your congressional reps keep their heads this time? Call them.

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Health care