Whip Count (No. 4 in a series): Grijalva Leaning Toward Voting No

Mar 3, 2010 5:51pm

From Sunlen Miller: Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told Salon.com today with the inclusion of Republican ideas and compromises in the president’s health care proposal he is leaning now towards opposing the legislation. “As I weigh it, I think — for me — a 'no' vote is something that I continue to lean toward," Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz told Salon.com today, "Especially the last additions — that was kind of a slap in the face for all of us who fought for the public option." Grijalva takes issue in particular with increased health savings accounts, one of the four Republican items added to the president’s proposal. That provision "was, when we were in the minority, something that we fought tooth and nail to keep out [of legislation]," Grijalva said of the HSA’s.”I find that ironic — something that we had fought to keep out, and indeed were successful, gets back in as part of reconciliation. And a public option that enjoys great support in the House and up to 30 senators gets left out. That's something I just don't understand." Grijalva also hinted that there are “more than just two” members of the 79 member progressive congress that would vote “no” to the legislation, as there were last time when the House version was voted on in the fall. 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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