Whip Count (No. 10 in a Series) Lipinski and Oberstar to Vote No Without Stupak Abortion Language

By Matt Loffman

Mar 8, 2010 12:05pm

From Sunlen Miller:

The Weekly Standard reports that Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL) will not vote for a health care bill that lacks the Stupak anti-abortion amendment.

“Congressman Lipinski will not vote for a health care bill that provides federal funding for abortion,” a spokesman for Lipinski wrote in a statement to the Weekly Standard’s John McCormack. 

Pro-life Democrat Representative Stupak (D-MI) is trying to flip votes on health care reform, if nothing is done about the Senate bill’s language on abortion.

Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) told Congressional Quarterly late last month similarly that he will not vote for the bill without the Stupak amendment.

"I will not vote for a health care bill that doesn't have the House abortion language in it," Oberstar told Congressional Quarterly.

As we’ve previously covered, 220 members of Congress voted for the bill when Pelosi brought the House legislation to a vote.

Since then, four yes votes are no more: Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, R-Louisiana, has said he won’t vote for final passage, Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hi., retired to run for governor, Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., also retired, and Rep. John Murtha, D-Penn., died.

That means to pass the Senate bill, Pelosi starts out with 216 members of Congress who votes yes last time. With the pending retirement of Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., there will soon be only 431 members of Congress total, meaning a majority will be 216 votes

-Sunlen Miller

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