Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eight Out of Thirteen

My stream failed during the roll call for Jay Rockefeller's public option amendment. This is the strongest of the bunch. It failed 8-15, and I was able to hear three "no" votes from Ds.
  • Kent Conrad
  • Blanche Lincoln
  • Max Baucus
Based on Chris Bowers whip count, I assume one of the remaining "no"s was wanker extraordinaire Tom Carper. The fifth turned out to be Bill Nelson.

The Schumer and Schumer-Cantwell alternatives, which are not tied to Medicare, look much more promising from a political perspective. Nelson has announced he'll vote for Schumer-Cantwell, so we'll see how this goes.
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