Democrats Finally Realize They Can’t Depend On GOP To Pass Health Care
Presidential adviser Nancy-Ann DeParle says it makes sense to have a “simple up-or-down vote” on legislation, now that Democrats lack the 60 votes necessary to overcome Republican stalling tactics.
The Senate’s Democratic leaders are try to devise a strategy for passing the legislation with a simple 51-vote majority.
And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it’s important to vote for reform, even if it threatens congressional careers.
Lawmakers sometimes must enact policies that, even if unpopular at the moment, will help the public, Pelosi said in an interview being broadcast Sunday the ABC News program “This Week.”
“We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress,” she said. “We’re here to do the job for the American people.”
Pelosi realized Democrats are going to lose seats in the midterm elections.
Her comments to ABC, in the interview released Sunday, seemed to acknowledge the widely held view that Democrats will lose House seats this fall — maybe a lot. They now control the chamber 255 to 178, with two vacancies. Pelosi stopped well short of suggesting Democrats could lose their majority, but she called on members of her party to make a bold move on health care with no prospects of GOP help.Click here for reuse options!
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