Do they have the votes? – Updated – Stupak Caved – Was Lying All Along – Not a Done Deal? – The Stupak Kickback? – Last Ditch Effort by GOP


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10:46: It just passed. It’s mourning in America. Major Garrett reported Obama won’t sign until later this week.

10:34 PM: They’re voting now. Twelve and a half minutes to go.

10: 25 PM: Pelosi (I spit that out as an epithet): Being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing medical condition. She actually said that.

10:11 PM: Boehner: Shame on every one of you!

10:00 PM: They’re late with the vote. Just an omen of ObamaCare – waiting to see your doctor when you’re ill.

9:34 PM: Motion to recommit is coming up. It’s the last chance to stop this.

9:17 PM: Via Maggie, the vote should start at about 9:30 Eastern Time.

9:03 PM: Nothing’s passed yet. Rep. Devin Nunes is on Sean Hannity’s show right now blasting this disastrous legislation and the totalitarian tactics they’ve used to pass it. He said he’s never seen anything like it.

7:49 PM ET: Allahpundit has news that the GOP is trying to force a motion to recomit, which could possibly derail this whole thing. At this point, I don’t know what to think.

7:00 PM ET: Was Stupak holding out for a kickback? He announced $726,409 for airports for his district on the 19th. Two days ago.

6:50 PM ET: Great quote from Stacy McCain: “Anybody who ever voted for a “moderate” Democrat is getting a long-overdue lesson today.” I’ll say.

6:47 PM ET: Dan Benishek is running against Stupak in Michigan. I think he’s about to become pretty popular.

6:06 PM ET: Breaking news from The Patriot Room:

Our colleague Steve Schippert just spoke to Rep. Blackburn (TN) from the House floor. Too close to call. Stupak may be hung out to dry if he buys into EO.

Hear the audio on our sister site here.

Few additional points:

According to The Hill, we need 3 out 4 from below:

Jim Cooper (Tenn.) * (Y) Has had up-and-down relationship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

Paul Kanjorski (Pa.) * (Y) GOP target. Also voted against education reform bill that will move with healthcare reform in reconciliation

Bobby Rush (Ill.) (Y) Surprise addition to this list. Said he was undecided on March 18. The Hill reported that Rush engaged in several discussions with leadership lawmakers after announcing his position. Concerned about bill’s impact on hospitals in poor areas. Still, liberal congressman is a likely yes. Rush defeated Barack Obama in 2000 House primary

Loretta Sanchez (Calif.) (Y) It was reported on March 21 she will show up for vote, but unclear if she will vote yes. Was a late yes in November

Further, I just spoke with a House staffer. The issue of the House recon bill being fatal in the Senate because it will fall based on a Point of Order is now the focus of peeling away form “yes” votes.

Follow the link above to read an e-mail from Marsh Blackburn.

Update 6:00: Mike Pence on the executive order:

It is disappointing to see Members of Congress exchange 30 years of pro-life law for a piece of paper from the most pro-abortion president in American history.”

I would cite my colleague, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who said on television today, ‘an Executive Order cannot change the law,’  and I don’t think the American people will be fooled by this and the fact the President is signing a piece of paper, Executive Order that, would be thrown out by the courts…”

And from Mitch McConnell (Via Riehl World View)

WASHINGTON DC – Senate Democrats have balked at a bi-partisan meeting with the Senate Parliamentarian to discuss a rule violation that could doom the entire House reconciliation proposal.

DON STEWART, McCONNELL SPOKESMAN: “Republicans have been trying to set up a meeting with Senate Democrats since yesterday to discuss this fatal point of order but have been met with nothing but silence. We suspect Democrats are slow walking us so as to have the House vote first. Since Senate Democrats refuse to meet with us and the Parliamentarian, we’ve informed our colleagues in the House that we believe the bill they’re now considering violates the clear language of Section 310g of the Congressional Budget Act, and the entire reconciliation bill is subject to a point of order and rejection in the Senate should it pass the House.”

Update 5:36: According to Stop the ACLU the reconciliation bill can’t be voted on until the Senate bill is signed into law. Since the Democrats are relying on the reconciliation bill to get House members to sign the Senate bill this could be a problem. But then again, they are making the rules up as they go along. (Via Maggie’s Notebook)

Update 5:06: Code Red has the vote count at 212 no and 216 yes. Unless something changes between now and the vote this monstrosity is going to pass. John Boehner says the executive order isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

Update 4:47: Michelle Malkin has the vote schedule, looks like it will be a couple of hours before the actual vote on the Senate bill and then the reconciliation bill. Maggie’s Notebook has the story of the Dem leadership “perp walk” earlier today. They are so arrogant.

Update 4:13: Stupak’s blathering about moral principle and protecting unborn children. What a snake. Click the link just below (Stupak’s been lying all along) – the deal he struck with Obama is non-binding. He’s full of BS.

Update 4:05: Stupak’s been lying all along!!! What a snake. And all of the kickbacks and bribes will stay in the bill. Stupak’s about to talk.

Update 3:43: I don’t quite know what to make of this. Allahpundit:

Not sure what Drudge means by this, but it’s hail mary time:

FLASH: Senate Republicans found a provision in the new House health care bill that likely makes it ineligible for expedited ‘reconciliation’ procedures in the Senate. Dems refused to meet with GOP and Parliamentarian…. Developing….

Update 3:41: Via Allahpundit – Stupak scheduled a press conference for 4:00 PM. In all likelihood he’s going to announce he’s voting yes. So much for standing on principle.

Update 3:15: The Hill reported at 2:20 that Pelosi doesn’t have the votes. Code Red‘s latest count is 214 no, 213 yes with 4 undecided.  216 is the magic number. Major Garrett is on Fox News right now saying the Democrats have 216 votes or more, but they won’t give the names of the 216. He said Obama probably doesn’t need to sign the executive order to appease Stupak. It would be non-binding anyway. I don’t know if that’s accurate. The Other McCain just updated that the motion to proceed passed with flying colors. At this point, I don’t know if they want us to believe passage of this bill is inevitable, or if they really do have the votes.

We’ll find out soon enough, won’t we.

Drudge has this headline at the top of his page: OVERHEARD: Walking into Capitol this morning on phone, Speaker Pelosi tells Hoyer: ‘Steny, we have to get to 217. None of these members wants to be the deciding vote’… Developing… (No link)

Code Red has the vote count at 212 to 212. 216 is the magic number.

There’s still talk of Obama signing an executive order to get Stupak on board.

A few people, out of thousands, protesting ObamaCare made some racist remarks and otherwise behaved badly and that’s the big story of the day. For all we know they were lefty plants.

The Other McCain
has a live chat starting at noon today if you care to join in.

Update: As for those racist slurs, two videos exist, watch here and here, no racial slurs can be heard on either video. I wonder if the Syracuse Post Standard will print a retraction of the AP story they ran today.

It’s 1:46 PM and the House is voting on rules. No vote on the bills yet.

Update 2: It’s 1:50 PM. Major Garrett on Fox News just reported that Stupak’s still talking to Obama and Stupak’s office told him he still a no vote, for now.