Whip Count (No. 7 in a Series) – Once a Yes, Oregon’s Schrader Now Unsure

By Matt Loffman

Mar 4, 2010 12:05pm

The Oregonian reports that Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., who voted Yes on health care reform last November, is not sure yet how he will vote on the Senate bill and its accompanying fixes.

And one of the No votes whom President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had hoped to turn from a No to a Yes, Rep Frank Kratovil, D-Md., isn’t going to vote for the Senate bill unless the Senate first votes for the fixes, which is not the current plan.

Like Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., Kratovil doesn’t seem to trust the Senate to be able to vote for the fixes, meaning House Democrats would be snookered into voting for the Senate bill, which many members oppose.

“He would vote against it,” Kratovil spokesman Kevin Lawlor told The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent.

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.

-jpt

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