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Rep. Driehaus: One of the Congressmen You Might Want to Encourage This Week

Ohio Democrat Steve Driehaus will be getting a fundraising visit from Joe Biden tomorrow. But his health-care vote doesn’t sound buyable:

“I appreciate the vice president coming in. But it has no bearing whatsoever on my health care vote,” Driehaus said, shrugging off attacks that he’s getting from both sides of the health care debate.

Driehaus did vote in favor of the health care bill that cleared the House last year, saying he was proud to stand with his colleagues to support health care reform and calling the vote “historic.”

But the bill that could come before the House for a vote this month is a different version. Some say the Senate-passed measure does not contain enough restrictions on using federal money for abortions.

For Driehaus, who is Catholic, that’s a deal breaker.

“While I certainly support this initiative . . . I will not bend on the principle of federal funding on abortion,” Driehaus said in an interview with The Enquirer. “They are going to have to do it without me and without the other pro-life Democrats.”

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