Politics & Policy

House Health-Care Vote Tracker

The first time the health-care bill went through the House in November, it passed by a 220-215 margin. Since then, one yes-vote has died, two ‘yeses’ and one ‘no’ have resigned, and the lone Republican ‘yes’ has publicly reversed his stance. All things equal, that would leave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a 216-215 margin. That is, until you take into account Bart Stupak, a ‘yes’ the first time around who claims to lead a dozen other pro-life Democrats committed to voting ‘no’ on the Senate bill. Or the umpteen ‘yes’ Democrats in vulnerable seats who have been vacillating. Or the umpteen ‘no’ Democrats who have been doing the same under a steady diet of sticks and carrots from House leadership and the president.

These complications notwithstanding, this is the latest on how these crucial swing votes stand, near as we can tell:

 

John Adler (D., N.J.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: Obama 52 % / McCain 47%

Status: Freshman, somewhat safe

Latest Statement: “Rep. John Adler (D., N.J.), a freshman who won a GOP-leaning district in 2008, is also undecided, after voting no last fall. He said the Senate bill did a better job containing health costs.” (Wall Street Journal, 3/2/10)

 

Jason Altmire (D., Penn.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: McCain 55 % / Obama 44%

Status: Mostly safe

Latest Statement: Told Fox News he has an open mind. (The Hill, 3/2/10)

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“Congressman Jason Altmire will vote against the latest version of health care reform when the U.S. House votes on the bill this weekend.

Altmire confirmed that he has decided to vote no in a telephone conversation with KDKA political editor Jon Delano.

“I’m deciding it by doing everything I possibly can to hear what they have to say,” he said. “The rallies at my office, the phone calls, emails, and letters that are coming in to Washington and in the district.” (The Corner, 3/19/10)

 

Mike Arcuri (D., N.Y.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 50 % / McCain 48%

Status: Somewhat safe

Latest Statement: He doesnt want to see the bill passed as a “mega bill,” and he believes more success would be had by breaking the bill apart and passing aspects of it incrementally, he said. “There would have to be some dramatic changes in it for me to change my position,” Arcuri said. (Utica Observer-Dispatch, 3/2/10)

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“Hotline reports that Rep. Mike Arcuri (D., N.Y.), a sophomore who had a tough go of it in 2008, will vote nay on Obamacare, both on the House floor and in the Rules Committee. The Rules vote is symbolic, since Democrats outnumber Republicans there two-to-one. But the floor vote could go either way. It is obviously a blow to Pelosi’s chances of hitting 216. But just as often, the fact that a vulnerable junior member votes against the Speaker signals that the Speaker can afford to let him do so.” (NRO, 3./18/10)

 

Brian Bard (D., Wash.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: Obama 52% / McCain 46%

Status: Retiring

Latest Statement: I get all these people advocating, calls and letters, saying vote one way or the other, he said. I dont know how they know whats going to be in it — because I sure dont. (Salon, 3/3/10)

 

John Barrow (D., Ga.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: Obama 54% / McCain 45%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: “I am strongly in favor of reforming the health care system, but I don’t think this bill is going to do it, and therefore I can’t support it.  It puts too much of the burden of paying for it on working folks who are already being overcharged, and that’s not fair.  It threatens to overwhelm Medicaid in Georgia, and that’s not right.  And it barely touches the insurance companies, and that’s not smart.  We can do better and I’m ready to start.” (statement, 3/20/10)

 

John Boccieri (D., Ohio.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: McCain 50% / Obama 48%

Status: Mostly safe

Latest Statement: “The big get for Democrats, however, seems to be Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio). The freshman Democrat had been a member of a group of lawmakers who were threatening to abandon the bill over concerns with its language about abortion financing. Hailing from a district that was won by John McCain during the 2008 election, his seat is considered vulnerable in 2010. But a Democratic source in Ohio says the congressman, who was lobbied heavily on the floor by House leadership on Thursday, has told the White House he is a “yes” vote, despite having opposed the bill the first time around.” (HuffPo, 3/19/10)

 

Allen Boyd (D., Fla.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: McCain 54% / McCain 45%

Status: Safe Seat

Latest Statement: “What changed? One conservative Democrat, Rep. Allen Boyd of Florida, cited the announcements by insurance companies that premiums will shoot up this year.” (NPR, 2/26/10)

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“U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, who voted against national health care last November, said today he will vote for the new bill when it comes to the House floor.” (Tallahasee.com, 3/19/10)

 

Anh Cao (R., La.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 75% / McCain 23%

Status: Vulnerable

Latest Statement: “At this point, I can not support the agenda being pushed, because of the federal funding for abortion. That was one my biggest issues in the original house bill, and once the Stupak amendment was passed… I was able to support the house bill. But the same language is not in the agenda that is being pushed by the President. Unless the abortion language changes, I cannot support the program.” (CNN, 2/25/10)

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“Cao, the only Republican to vote for the health care bill in either the House or Senate, said he would take another look.

“He’s asked if I would restudy the Senate language and that I would approach it with an open mind. And I promised that I would go back and study the Senate language again,” Cao said after meeting with Obama in the Oval Office for about 10 minutes Wednesday.

Cao said he appreciated the president’s sensitive approach in seeking his vote on an issue that many observers say could make or break Obama’s presidency.

“He fully understands where I stand on abortion, and he doesn’t want me to vote against my conscience because he, like me, believes that if we were to vote against our conscience, our moral values, there is really nothing left for us to defend,” Cao said. “I’m glad that the president is very understanding. He really shows his own moral character.”

“He did not whip me on the vote,” he said.” (nola.com, 3/17/10)

 

Chris Carney (D., Penn.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 54% / McCain 45%

Status: Somewhat Vulnerable

Latest Statement: “As I said publicly, I cant vote for a bill that will publicly fund abortion.” (Scranton Times-Shamrock, 3/15/10)

 

Ben Chandler (D., Ky.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: McCain 55% / Obama 43%

Status: Somewhat safe

Latest Statement: The office of Rep. Ben Chandler (D., Ky.) tells Jeffrey Young that the congressman will again vote ‘no. (Jeffrey Young, 3/15/10)

 

Jerry Costello (D., Ill.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 56% / McCain 43%

Status: Safe Seat

Latest Statement: “As we have said before, weakening the House’s pro-life provisions could change the votes of at least 12 Members who voted yes in November [including Costello].” (GOP Memo, 2/24/10)

Update 03/12/10 12:16 P.M.: As of today, it looks like the process that will be followed will be that the speaker intends to have us vote on the Senate-passed bill and then a separate bill with corrections to the Senate bill, he said. Im opposed to the Senate bill in its current form. (Telegraph of Illinois, 3/12/10)

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“But thus far, Costello, an 11-term Democrat from Belleville, is planning to vote ‘no’ on the Senate version of health-care reform if and when that vote takes place, a top aide, David Gillies, confirmed this morning.

Costello was one of the 220 House members who voted for the House version of health-care reform in November. Last week, he was undecided on Senate legislation that might come up for a vote Friday or Saturday.

But  Costello decided to oppose the Senate bill because of the cost, what he regards as the insufficient curbs on abortion funding and the state-specific provisions added to win votes in Nebraska, Louisiana and Florida.(stltoday.com, 3/17/10)

 

Henry Cuellar (D., Tex.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 56% / McCain 44%

Status: Safe Seat

Latest Statement: Meanwhile, Democratic leaders said Thursday they will no longer try to satisfy Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and 11 or so other members who oppose the Senate bill without tougher language barring abortion funding. They all voted for the House bill.

I want to make sure that the Henry Hyde amendment that federal funds not being used for abortion is adhered to, said Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, who says hes a Stupak supporter. (IBD, 3/11/10)

 

Kathy Dahlkemper (D., Penn.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 49% / McCain 49%

Status: Somewhat Safe

Latest Statement: “Mrs. Dahlkemper’s spokeswoman Marie Francis said Wednesday the congresswoman is opposed to the Senate bill and its abortion language, “period.””(Sharon Herald, 2/25/10)

 

Pete DeFazio (D., Ore.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 54% / McCain 43%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: DeFazio, who voted for the bill last year, complicated things for Democratic leaders. But he indicated he could still change his mind again. 

“I’m a no unless they fix this,” he said, referring to what he sees as insufficient Medicare spending in rural areas. (Fox News, 3/19/10)

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Joe Donnelly (D., Ind.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 54% / McCain 45%

Status: Vulnerable

Latest Statement: “It provides federal funding for abortion-related services, so I can’t cross that line,” Donnelly said, standing just outside the House chamber. (Daily Caller, 3/11/10)

 

Steve Driehaus (D., Ohio)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 55%/ McCain 44%

Status: Vulnerable

Latest Statement: “Other Democratic representatives who voted yes on the House bill but are a no vote if the Senate language remains are Reps. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Steve Driehaus of Ohio and Marion Berry of Arkansas.” (Foxnews.com 3/10/10)

 

Brad Ellsworth (D., Ind.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: McCain 51% / Obama 47 %

Status: Running for Senate, seat leans Republican

Latest Statement: “I will not support a bill that I believe would result in federal tax dollars being used to pay for abortions.” (The Hill, 3/11/10)

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“Rep. Brad Ellsworth is a yes his office tells me.”(Sam Stein, 3/19/10)

 

Bart Gordon (D., Tenn.)

Vote on First Bill: Nay

District: McCain 62% / Obama 37 %

Status: Retiring

Latest Statement: Blue Dog Rep Bart Gordon now support health-care reform.” (@CapitolHillCNN, 3/18/10)

 

Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 57% / McCain 42%

Status: Safe Seat

Latest Statement: As I weigh it, I think — for me — a no vote is something that I continue to lean toward, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told Salon in a brief interview off the House floor Wednesday. Especially the last additions — that was kind of a slap in the face for all of us who fought for the public option. (Salon, 3/3/10)

 

Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 85% / McCain 13%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: The healthcare bills immigration provisions are enough to spur Hispanic members of Congress to vote against it, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Thursday.

Gutierrez, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in which he serves as chairman of its Immigration Task Force, said the caucus still has concerns over the extent to which the healthcare bill excludes illegal immigrants as well as legal residents from receiving benefits in the healthcare plan.

They are enough to say I cant support this bill, Gutierrez said during an appearance on MSNBC. (The Hill, 3/11/10)

 

Baron Hill (D., Ind.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 48% / McCain 50%

Status: Vulnerable

Latest Statement: “Throughout my congressional tenure, I have heard countless stories of how our current health care system has failed hard-working Hoosier families, and how insurance companies have engaged in unconscionable practices not deployed by any other industry.  By voting for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I’m putting such words into action, and choosing to stand with those that have been shortchanged for far too long. (Official Statement, 3/20/10)

 

Marcy Kaptur (D., Ohio)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 62% / McCain 36%

Status: Safe, Stu-Packer

Latest Statement: Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, said she wanted the abortion language changed, but stopped short of saying it is a deal-breaker for her. “I would not easily give over my vote for the bill” if changes are not made, she said. (CQ.com, 3/12/10)

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“I am leaning toward voting for the bill if we can properly deal with the abortion issue and we are fast about that task,” Miss Kaptur said.

(Toledo Blade, 3/19/10)

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“Yes I will,” Kaptur said, when asked if she’d be supporting the Senate bill. Asked why, she continued:

“We received assurances last night that we will work with the administration and Secretary Sebelius and the President to ensure existing law is maintained.” (WTVG, 3/21/10)

Dale Kildee (D., Mich.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 64% / McCain 35%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI), a key supporter of Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-Mich.) anti-abortion language intended for the health care bill, said Tuesday night that he’s satisfied the Senate abortion language prohibits federal funding of abortions and will likely vote for the bill.

“I think the Senate language keeps the purpose of the Hyde amendment,” Kildee told reporters. “I’ll probably vote for it.” (Roll Call, 3/9/10)

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“For those who know me, I have always respected and cherished the sanctity of human life,” Mr. Kildee said in his statement. “I spent six years studying to be a priest and was willing to devote my life to God. I came to Congress two years after the Hyde Amendment became law. And I have spent the last 34 years casting votes to protect the lives of the unborn.”

“I have stood up to many in my party to defend the right to life and have made no apologies for doing so,” he continued. “I now find myself disagreeing with some of the people and groups I have spent a lifetime working with. I have listened carefully to both sides, sought counsel from my priest, advice from family, friends and constituents and I have read the Senate abortion language more than a dozen times. I am convinced that the Senate language maintains the Hyde Amendment, which states that no federal money can be used for abortion.” (Washington Post, 3/17/10)

 

Larry Kissel (D., N.C.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 52% / McCain 47%

Status: Somewhat Safe

Latest Statement: “One, Republican Lou Huddleston of Fayetteville, said he believes House leaders need Kissell’s vote now more than before.

“I don’t know that (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi is going to have the wiggle room,” Huddleston said. “I don’t think Larry Kissell has felt the pressure yet.”

Kissell voted against the Democratic bill last fall because he said it would cut Medicare to help pay for health care reforms. “I made a promise and commitment that I would look out for Medicare, and I’m doing that,” he said at the time.” (Charlotte Observer, 3/2/10)

 

Suzanne Kosmas (D., Fla.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: McCain 51% / Obama 49%

Status: Freshman, somewhat Safe

Latest Statement: “Kosmas, a freshman from New Smyrna Beach, is facing a mounting re-election challenge from Republicans who want to reclaim the seat Another no vote could keep her safe.” (TampaBay.com, 3/2/10)

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WASHINGTON — After days of fence-sitting, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas of New Smyrna Beach said Friday that she would support a sweeping Democratic plan for healthcare reform that has divided the country even as it aims to bring health insurance to 95 percent of Americans.

Kosmas, one of 39 Democrats to oppose a similar bill in November, said in an exclusive interview with the Orlando Sentinel that she decided to change her mind because the latest version addressed some of her previous concerns about its effect on small businesses and the federal deficit.

“I’m going to vote for healthcare reform,” she said. “I know this is not a perfect bill. But in the scheme of things, it provides the best options and the best opportunities for my constituents.” (Orlando Sentinel, 3/19/10).

 

Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: Obama 59% / McCain 39%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: “I have doubts about this bill,” Kucinich said at a news conference he called to announce his decision to vote yes, adding: “This is not the bill I wanted to support.”

“However, after careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elisabeth and close friends I have decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation,” he announced.

“If my vote is to be counted, let it count now.” (Press Conference, 3/17/10)

 

Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 64% / McCain 35%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: People dont have coverage and changes need to be made, but at this point I think that the best that we can hope for this year are incremental changes,” Lipinski said in a telephone interview. “Politically, I dont see any way that a comprehensive health care bill can be passed this year.” (Southtown Star, 2/23/10)

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“A promise of changing the bill in the future is not going to suffice,” Lipinski said. “I cannot vote for the Senate bill on abortion funding, and beyond that I’m not committing to anyone that I would definitely vote for the bill, even if they change that.” (Southtown Star, 2/23/10)

 

Stephen Lynch (D., Mass.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 60% / McCain 38%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: In a sign of how tough it’s been for Pelosi to round up votes for the massive bill, Lynch – a South Boston Democrat who supported a House reform package last year – said he’ll probably vote against a key Senate version of the legislation, unless unexpected major changes are made soon.

Lynch, who serves as one of Pelosi’s key vote counters, said he also can’t support a proposed “deem and pass” procedure that would allow Democrats to vote to strip out controversial portions of the Senate bill and then “deem” that the entire package has passed without a second, direct vote.

“It’s disingenuous,” said Lynch, who considers unfair a Senate provision to tack a surcharge on higher-end health plans. “It would really call into question the credibility of the House.” (Boston Herald, 3/18/10)

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But Lynch doesn’t see his “no” vote as a bill-killer,” saying it’s very likely to pass during Sunday’s scheduled vote: “I don’t think they would be calling the bill up on Sunday if they  didn’t have the votes. if I had a bet on it, yeah, I’d probably bet that it would pass.” (Mother Jones, 3/19/10)

Betsy Markey (D., Co.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: McCain 50%/Obama 49%

Status: Vulnerable

Latest Statement: “Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey intends to vote for a compromise health reform bill, the Denver Post has learned, a shift in positions that bolsters the hopes of party leaders looking to pass President Barack Obama’s key domestic policy initiative.

Markey, D-Fort Collins, is one of 39 House members who voted against a health reform bill that passed in November. That group has been courted intensely in recent weeks as Democrats look for 216 votes in support of a compromise measure, which scraps the so-called ‘public option,’ among other changes, from the House bill they earlier opposed.” (Denver Post, 3/18/10)

 

Eric Massa (D., N.Y.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: McCain 50%/Obama 48%

Status: Resigned; District Leans Democratic

Latest Statement: N/A

 

Jim Matheson (D., Utah)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: McCain 58%/Obama 40%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: In a statement, Matheson said the legislation “is too expensive, contains too many special deals, does not contain health care costs and will result in increases in health insurance premiums.”

Matheson said improving health care and providing affordable coverage in Utah will remain “critical” to him, but said he believes supporting the “wrong kind of reform” which will “increase health care costs” will hurt the nation more than it will help. (ksl.com, 3/20/10)

 

Michael McMahon (D., N.Y.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: McCain 51% / Obama 49%

Status: Freshman, somewhat safe

Latest Statement: I havent seen enough to have me come off my no vote, said McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), who voted last year against a House version of health care reform. I dont see anything that would make me change my position. (SILive.com, 2/23/10)

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Dem Rep Mike McMahon of New York met yesterday with a top SEIU official and told him he’s likely to vote No, the official tells me. The official: Mike Fishman, president of SEIU 32bj, the largest property workers union in the country, with 120,000 members in eight states.

Fishman told McMahon that the union would not support him if he voted No — and suggested the hunt for a primary or third-party challenger would follow.

“He let us know he’s not supportive of the health care plan,” Fishman says. “We’ve let him know that we can’t support somebody who doesn’t support it.”

“We are going to begin talking to other unions about finding someone else for that seat,” Fishman continued. (PlumLine 3/12/10)

 

Scott Murphy (D., N.Y.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: Obama 51 %/ McCain 48%

Status: Somewhat safe

Latest Statement: Murphy said Wednesday evening it is too soon to say how he will vote because the latest version of the bill was still being drafted. We, right now, dont know what we will be voting on as the next step, he said in a tele-town hall(The Post-Star, 3/11/10)

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Rep. Scott Murphy (D., N.Y.), who recently scored a one-on-one meeting with President Obama, is reportedly ‘open’ to switching his vote from no to yes.

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“This bill is fundamentally different than the bill we voted on last November,” Murphy said, adding that while the measure “is not perfect,” he feels “much better” about it. (Albany Times-Union, 3/20/10)

 

Glenn Nye (D., Va.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: Obama 50% / McCain 48%

Status: Vulnerable

Latest Statement: “He is going to take a look at whatever proposal comes up for a vote in the House, and make his decision based on the merits of that specific bill,” said Clark Pettig, spokesman for Rep. Glenn Nye, Virginia Democrat. (Daily Caller, 3/2/10)

 

Jim Oberstar (D., Minn.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: 53% Obama / 44% McCain

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: An aide to James L. Oberstar , also previously thought to be in Stupak’s group, said the Minnesota Democrat is undecided. “He hasn’t ruled out anything, including voting for the Senate bill if that’s an interim step to a better compromise,” said spokesman John Schadl. (CQ.com, 3/12/10)

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“I wanted to see the language, understand it better, have conversations with Sen. Nelson,” Oberstar said Wednesday. “On balance, it does what we need to do.”

For that reason, he’s supporting the final bill. (Politico, 3/17/10)

 

Tom Periello (D., Ill.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: McCain 51% / Obama 48%

Status: Vulnerable

Latest Statement: “Rep. Perriello to vote for the health care reform bill, conditional on 50 Senators saying they will follow through on reconciliation fixes. (NBC’s Jesse Rodriguez, 3/19/10)

 

Mike Quigley (D., Ill.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 73% / McCain 26%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: And in a surprise to Democratic vote-counters, Quigley, an abortion-rights supporter, said Friday night Obama can’t count on his support if a deal is made with the anti-abortion bloc to get to 216. Moreover, Quigley wants to strip out anti-abortion language already in the legislation.

“I don’t feel pressured. I feel pressure to do the right thing,” Quigley told me.

Quigley spent some of Friday taking fire from the Service Employees International Union and talking to White House senior adviser David Axelrod. (Sun Times, 3/20/10)

 

Nick Rahall (D., W.V.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: McCain 56% / Obama 42%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: “Undecided.” Video at Good Morning America (3/20/10)

 

Bobby Rush (D., Ill.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: Obama 87% / McCain 13%

Status: Safe

Latest Statement: “Bobby Rush can’t make up his mind about health care reform.

A Rush spokeswoman told one HuffPost reporter that Rush plans to vote “no” because he is unhappy that a discount program that reimburses hospitals for taking care of the indigent and poor was removed from the final version of the bill. She said the office was waiting for his signal to release a statement of opposition.

But at the same time, Rush himself told a different HuffPost reporter that he was undecided. “I think we’re working it out,” he told Ryan Grim.” (Huffington Post, 3/18/10)

 

Vic Snyder (D., Ark.)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: McCain 54% / Obama 44%

Status: Retiring

Latest Statement: Im leaning to vote for it and the others. We havent seen the words, we havent seen the scoring, Snyder said during an appearance on Fox News. I never like to make a final commitment until we actually see the words on paper, and have a chance for you to look at it, the people of Arkansas to look at it, and for all the analysts across the country to look at it. (The Hill, 3/11/10)

 

Zack Space (D., Ohio)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: McCain 53% / Obama 45%

Status: Somewhat vulnerable

Latest Statement: “Getting it done just to get it done is not something we should be doing. We should be doing it right,” Space told the Gannett Washington Bureau in a phone interview late Saturday.

Space said he has been getting calls and letters from his constituents, most of whom do not like the bill.

“I’m doing what I think is right,” Space said. “I have been under enormous amount of pressure this week in Washington. I have spoken to the president twice, once in the Oval Office. My own leadership has been working hard to get me to vote for this. But I don’t represent them. I represent the people in the 18th Congressional District.” (Newark Advocate, 3/20/10)

 

John Tanner (D., Tenn.)

Vote on First Bill: NAY

District: McCain 56% / Obama 43%

Status: Retiring

Latest Statement: Tanner Press Release

 

Charlie Wilson (D., Ohio)

Vote on First Bill: AYE

District: McCain 50% / Obama 48%

Status: Mostly safe

Latest Statement: Charlie Wilson , D-Ohio, who in November supported a Stupak-sponsored abortion amendment to the House-passed health care package ( HR 3962 ) and passage of the amended bill, is among those who has reconsidered his position. He said Thursday he is willing to vote for the Senate bill. Wilson said that while he would welcome any additional guarantee that no federal funds would be used to pay for abortions, he will not withhold his support if the bill is not changed.

“I’m opposed to abortion, and I think the language in there is pretty clear that it is not something that pays for abortion,” he  said […] (CQ.com, 3/12/10)

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“Rep. Charlie Wilson is one of a number of Democrats who is officially undecided about the final health care bill – but the St. Clairsville Democrat is giving off strong signals he is headed toward a “yes” vote.

Wilson is scheduled to participate today in a conference call with “pro-life religious leaders” to say that “these leaders are encouraged that this historic piece of legislation upholds restrictions on federal funding of abortion, provides critical support for pregnant women and will cover more than 30 million uninsured Americans,” according to the group Faith in Public Life, which is sponsoring the call. Wilson’s office sent out the group’s release noting Wilson’s presence.” (Columbus Dispatch, 3/18/10)

  (CQ.com, 3/12/10

Daniel FosterDaniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An Asian guy, two black guys, three white women (one of whom spent much of her life claiming to be Native American), a Pacific Islander woman, a gay guy, a Hispanic guy, two elderly Caucasian Jews (one a billionaire, the other a socialist), a self-styled Irishman, and a ... Read More
World

Well . . . .

So much for my prophecies of doom. Britain's Conservatives won, and they won with a very healthy parliamentary majority, breaking through Labour’s “red wall” across the industrial (and post-industrial) Midlands and the North. The BBC: Leave-voting former mining towns like Workington, which was seen as ... Read More
World

Well . . . .

So much for my prophecies of doom. Britain's Conservatives won, and they won with a very healthy parliamentary majority, breaking through Labour’s “red wall” across the industrial (and post-industrial) Midlands and the North. The BBC: Leave-voting former mining towns like Workington, which was seen as ... Read More
White House

The Costs of Trivializing Impeachment

Resorting to a vague “abuse of power” theory, the House Judiciary Committee Friday morning referred two articles of impeachment to the full House on the inevitable party-line vote. The full House will impeach the president next week, perhaps Wednesday, also on the inevitable party-line vote. The scarlet ... Read More
White House

The Costs of Trivializing Impeachment

Resorting to a vague “abuse of power” theory, the House Judiciary Committee Friday morning referred two articles of impeachment to the full House on the inevitable party-line vote. The full House will impeach the president next week, perhaps Wednesday, also on the inevitable party-line vote. The scarlet ... Read More