UPDATE, 9:37: UPDATE, 10:08a: The Associated Press is reporting there will be "no deal" on abortion:
A top House Democrat says party leaders are unlikely to cut a deal with abortion opponents to pass President Barack Obama's health care overhaul....
Rep. Henry Waxman tells The Associated Press that "the likely outcome" is that Speaker Nancy Pelosi will move ahead without the votes of a group of abortion opponents who want tougher restrictions in the bill against taxpayer funding for the procedure....
From Wonkette on Twitter: "Stupak just canceled his press conference."
UPDATE, 9:34a: From Greta VanSusteren, 10:27a EST:
A group of pro-choice women just exited the Speaker's office and said that another vote on the Stupak language is not going to happen.
There are rumblings that his 1100 newser is cancelled as well, but we don't have that confirmed.
UPDATE, 9:32a: FireDogLake.com has the Stupak "enrollment corrections" bill posted, noting...
It's essentially the Stupak amendment....
A concurrent resolution doesn't have to be signed by the President, just adopted by the House and Senate....
Nobody really knows if Stupak can pull this off; there's very little precedent....
It's about as clear as mud. But somehow, when something has to be done, the rules tend to melt away. It's clear the House cannot pass the health care bill without Bart Stupak. That tends to concentrate the mind....
The Pro-Choice Caucus, incidentally, is talking about an open revolt on this....
But you know, they say a lot of things.
Haha on the last line.
It's worth reminding that Senate Republicans have promised to oppose any abortion language in reconciliation - including pro-life language. This means Democrats can count on NO HELP from Republicans if Stupak's bill makes it over to the Senate chamber. All 51 votes will have to come from their 59 member caucus. From Roll Call, March 9:
Determined to block President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Senate Republican leaders signaled Tuesday that they plan to object to any abortion language included in a proposed reconciliation package - even if they agree with the provision on policy grounds....
Republicans, hoping to sow doubts among House Democrats about reconciliation's prospects for passing the Senate, revealed Tuesday they intend to raise procedural objections over any abortion language that shows up in a reconciliation package - even if it toughens prohibitions against federal funding. Specifically, Republican Senators plan to raise a budget point of order, a procedural move objecting to the reconciliation process that requires 60 votes to defeat.
"If there is anyone left in the House who believes Senate Republicans will help carry their water on abortion or anything else so they can vote in favor of the health bill, they are radically misreading our Conference," a senior Republican Senate aide said Tuesday. "Republicans intend to raise every point of order and will not waive a single one regardless of merit to assist Democrats in passing this $2.5 trillion health care boondoggle."
9:10a: Developing. Lots going on. Follow me on Twitter for latest I find. Link at right.
Reminder: Bart Stupak is holding a press conference at 11a EST today, although there are rumors it may be canceled.
Here was Stupak on Greta VanSusteren's show last night:
My heart can't stand it. I will go to MI and campaign for Stupak if he pulls this off.Posted by: Susie at March 20, 2010 10:07 AM
Here's my question re: Republicans.
When Stupak passed his language in November, he (and the bloc) were not going to vote for reform otherwise. The language passed the house by a considerable margin, supported largely by republicans, and then the pro-life dems.
Without the language, the house would NOT have passed the bill.
If I'm a republican, and I don't want a healthcare bill passed, why vote for language that will push it over the top?
I mean that from a political perspective, not a personal moral perspective. And I know some (even pro-life) republicans will put politics above life issues - so it surprises me that they gave it such large support.
(Maybe they were wise enough to see the turmoil that it is causing.)Posted by: Alex at March 20, 2010 10:12 AM
Were they impatiently tapping their foot while standing there with their hands on their hips?
Have they reached the hysteria bench mark?
Was SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton 'tapping her foot' in solidarity with them?
Where is Hillary while all the women of Washington, D.C. are in a tizzy?
Has B.O. got her on a super secret mission to sell pork ribs to the jihadists or ham sandwithces to the Israelis?
Maybe she is laying the ground work to sell sand to the Saudis!
She is probably just taking the time to have 'some work done' in anticipation of another run at the democRAT presidential nomination.
Maybe she just having a pedicure/manicure and enjoying the circus from the sidelines.
yor bro kenPosted by: kbhvac at March 20, 2010 10:15 AM
This just in:
PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama in immigration dance
Mar 19, 8:52 PM (ET)
"WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama promised to make overhauling the immigration system a top priority in his first year as president. He's now in Year Two, and the odds that he'll get to sign a bill before the November midterm elections appear long.
Grass-roots activists frustrated by the wait for a new system are organizing a rally Sunday on the National Mall by what they hope will be thousands of people from across the country voicing their displeasure at the pace of action."
What effect will these thousands of additonal people showing up in D.C have on the B.O. 'hellth scare' vote.
Will these folks be conscripted or co-opted by B.O.'s lackeys in the lap dog lame scream media?
Is it true that: In politics, nothing ever happens by accident?
At the risk of generalizing/stereotyping, I would posit that most of these thousands of folks comign to D.C. to lobby congress for 'amnesty' for illegal aliens are illegal aliens who are also Catholic and according most would be sympathetic to the pro-life cause but they also want permanent guaranteed access, not just to the U.S.A. but access to health care, especially free health care?
Who will get out in front of this crowd first and claim it as their followers?
B.O. or Hillary Clinton?
yor bro ken
Posted by: kbhvac at March 20, 2010 10:37 AM
Wow, you want to talk about high drama?
Tens or maybe hundreds of thousands of lives of defenseless preborn children that would be killed each year by murderers with MD's, hired by the American people, hang in the balance.
And all of this courtesy of a pro-death mob intent on splattering the blood of their innocent victims all over our Hallowed Halls of Congress.
Could it be that the future of the United States of America is at stake as well?
If the Pro-Life Champions and the pro-death mob hold to their convictions, America may be saved from a disaster of apocalyptic proportions.
Will our Honorable Pro-Life Congressmen, Congresswomen and Senators maintain their courage under fire? Will they keep their integrity when offered 30 pieces of silver for their vote?
I believe we are at a moral tipping point that will determine the future of our Great Nation. Will our country succomb to evil and temptation, the bloodthirst and greed of corrupt politicians?
Or will the Forces of Righteousness rally, stem the tide of evil, and mark a turning point in the War for the Soul of America?
Pray Church, pray.Posted by: Ed at March 20, 2010 10:59 AM
Jill, have you seen the Susan B Anthony List, "The Baby" ad Susie has posted on her blog?
Way to go Susie!Posted by: Ed at March 20, 2010 11:11 AM
Ed, working on it... :)Posted by: Jill Stanek at March 20, 2010 11:30 AM
Posted by: Mary
at March 20, 2010 12:00 PM
I see that a rock was sent flying into Democrat Louise Slaughter's office window in New York.
Obama is willing to turn our country into a holocaust killing machine worse than the Nazis could ever have dreamed of and he's now messing with Israel with his Satan inspired Hillary Clinton.
God's judgment of America is nearing and it will be catastrophic.
So church it's up to you to stop this madman of a president. After all, it is because of the church, the apostate church that Obama is in power. If Obamacare passes will you support a government that wantonly and proudly funds the murder of unborn children or will you refuse to participate? Will you accept the mark of the beast and perish or will you reject it and live?
Will you embrace abortion or will you choose life? Will you trade false security over Christ?
God is waiting for your answer. What will it be?Posted by: Phil Schembri is HisMan at March 20, 2010 12:11 PM
Posted by: Mary at March 20, 2010 12:00 PM
That's not good.Posted by: Chris Arsenault at March 20, 2010 12:56 PM
Definitely not for Slaughter. The natives are getting restless and angry perhaps?Posted by: Mary at March 20, 2010 1:00 PM
Posted by: Mary
at March 20, 2010 1:21 PM
Check out drudge everyone. Looks like the Administration Actuary can't give a cost analysis for tomorrow's vote.