Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak has canceled his scheduled 11am press conference, and his previously-reported deal with Nancy Pelosi has apparently collapsed:

House leaders have decided not to give Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) a vote on a strict ban on federal funding for abortion and will instead try to muster the 216 votes needed to send a health care overhaul to the president without his help, a Democratic aide confirmed.

Pelosi and her minions are still claiming they have the votes, even without Stupak, but no one quite believes it:

Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.), a close friend and ally of Stupak, also told POLITICO that the pro-life Democrats are holding the line and that their votes will be needed to pass the bill.

That’s certainly the position of another anti-abortion Democrat,  Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), who is allied with Stupak:

He said that to support the legislation he needs an ironclad guarantee that Stupak’s language will be resurrected and enforced … ‘There’s still time and they still need votes,’ he said.

So, maybe there’s hope after all. Pelosi is in a classic Catch-22 situation: She can’t pass the bill without Stupak and his allies. But, if she approves anti-abortion language, the pro-abortion crowd will bolt.


Comments 2

  1. Paul Hsieh wrote:

    Or it may mean that they have enough votes without Stupak, so they can proceed with the vote. The fact that they’ve dropped deem-and-pass might support this:

    Posted 20 Mar 2010 at 3:30 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    I guess I’m in denial. It’s really hard for me to imagine anyone falling on his sword for the likes of Obama and Pelosi.

    Posted 20 Mar 2010 at 3:58 pm

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