Whip Count (No. 20 in a Series) Betsy Markey Switches from No to Yes

Mar 18, 2010 6:13pm

ABC's Sunlen Miller reports: Rep. Betsy Markey, D-CO, said today that she too will reverse course and will now support the health care bill. "I have very closely taken a look at the compromise version, I read the (Congressional Budget Office) budget analysis today and I have decided that I am going to support this bill and vote for the bill," Markey told the Coloradoan today This is the third public flip from a member of Congress this week – following Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s (D-OH) announcement yesterday, and Congressman Bart Gordon’s, D-TN, today.  
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-Hawaii, retired to run for governor, Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., also retired, and Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., died. That means to pass the Senate bill, Pelosi starts out with 216 members of Congress who voted yes last time. With the retirement of Rep. Eric Massa D-N.Y., there are now only 431 members of Congress total, meaning a majority is 216 vote.
-Sunlen Miller

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