Whip Count (No. 11 in a Series) Arcuri to Vote No

Mar 9, 2010 8:39am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: WKTTV in Utica, NY reports that Congressman Michael Arcuri, D-N.Y., intends to vote no on the Senate’s version of the health care bill as it stands currently. "I think the president wants action, but many people that represent moderate districts such as myself think that hey, you know, we need to take this thing and do it in a more incremental way, and we continue to think that,” Arcuri told NEWSChannel 2 on Sunday. Arcuri tells them that getting the votes in the House is a problem because there are too many concerns over the Senate’s version for the bill to pass. 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-La., 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. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., there will soon be only 431 members of Congress total, meaning a majority will be 216 votes. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., has postponed his own retirement and told GOP leaders he will likely stay through the health care vote. — Sunlen Miller

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