Snowe, Lincoln to Vote for Baucus Bill

by: Chris Bowers

Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 13:27


Per House of Progress in Quick Hits, both Blanche Lincoln and Olympia Snowe have stated they will vote for the Baucus health care bill in the Finance Committee. This guarantees passage of the bill, even if both Ron Wyden and Jay Rockefeller vote against it. Either of them voting against the bill was highly unlikely, anyway.

The most important ramification of all this is that it is clear a health care reform bill will pass the Senate this year. The House will do the same. The only questions that remain are what form the final bill from each chamber takes, and whether or not they can agree on a final version.

Snowe and Lincoln both said that they will be watching the merger with the Senate HELP bill closely, and that their vote on final passage is not assured. I think I speak for nearly everyone here when I say that feeling is mutual.

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Snowe's going all the way now (4.00 / 1)
Snowe will vote for cloture on the conference bill. Snowe will vote for the final bill, even if it contains a public option she doesn't like. She always was going to vote for it; today proves it. She protests that she won't, but she doesn't have any choice.

Now that we know it; it's really time for both the House and the Senate to rock'n'roll and get this done before Thanksgiving. It's shameful that they've taken this long to get where they are.


re: snowe (0.00 / 0)
she doesn't have any choice

can you elaborate on that?

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Of course she has a choice (0.00 / 0)
She can do whatever she wants.  Thanks to the bipartisanship obsession in the Senate and in the White House, Olympia Snowe is like the queen bee of Washington.

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Well ... (0.00 / 0)
there is no going back now ... Red State and the other nutters are already calling for her head .. and it will only get worse

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Wyden and Rockefeller (0.00 / 0)
This guarantees passage of the bill, even if both Ron Wyden and Jay Rockefeller vote against it. Either of them voting against the bill was highly unlikely, anyway.

I agree that neither of them were likely to keep the bill in committee, I suspect that both will now vote against the bill.  They can do that for free and make the points they want to make.  Hopefully, that will give them more leverage as the bills are combined.

That said, I don't really know what they will do.  I'm curious to see if I'm right on this or not.


WRONG! (0.00 / 0)
You idiot!  They voted for the bill, just like everyone knew they would!

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Wow they really threw away a good opportunity (0.00 / 0)
to give the middle finger to BaucusCare.

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you know this was (0.00 / 0)
the deity's plan all along. yea olympia! (can collins be far behind?)

By the way Chris (4.00 / 2)
You're providing the only comprehensible narrative on these deliberations in the country.  If I was trying to follow this story in my regular ol' newspaper, I would be hopelessly befuddled, possibly just throwing up my hands in frustration.

"I would be hopelessly befuddled" (0.00 / 0)
As is the purpose of the media, and no more, though no less befuddled  that than any other citizen in this hopelessly badly served nation.


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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


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Rockefeller to vote yes. (0.00 / 0)


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The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky


So the Reps are still (0.00 / 0)
dangling that carrot of "bipartisanship" before Obama and anyone else demented enough to still worship that will-o'-wisp, in order to make the final bill as reactionary and predatory as possible.

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I think you have it backwards (0.00 / 0)
for who is doing the carrot dangling.  I doubt the Republicans ever would have believed back in Nov that after losing two elections in a row, the House, the Senate and the Presidency, with these size majorities in Congress, the Democrats would still be putting garnering Republican votes as a central metric for good policy.  

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

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1 repub vote (0.00 / 0)
Just wondering, will Snow's support at this stage, whial stating she will not support a public option, put more pressure on the merger process to abandon the public option? Will Obama's desire to show SOME bipartinship add weight to the co-op scam, or trigger scam, at the expence of the public option?

Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob..... FDR

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