House Leaders Meeting Now with Bishops To Discuss Health Care Bill, Abortion

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Nov 6, 2009 5:51pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer are meeting right now with representatives from the Conference of Catholic Bishops in an attempt to come up with compromise language that would mollify most of the moderate Democrats who are unhappy with what they consider the House health care bill’s permissive stance toward public funding for abortion. Democratic sources say the goal is to reach an agreement tonight that would bring over enough votes to Democrats well over the 218 they need for passage. But the meeting has just started and it could be a long night.

Below is my conversation with Rick Klein and David Chalian on ‘Top Line’ today in which we review the complicating factors in these ongoing negotiations.

- George Stephanopoulos

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