Unless a deal is struck with Stupak, Dems appear to be short on votes

Hours before a scheduled vote on healthcare reform, Democratic leaders don’t have the votes.

decisions of two Tennessee Democrats, Reps. John Tanner and Lincoln
Davis, to vote no has put President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) and her lieutenants in a major bind.

If every member votes, Democratic leaders can only afford 37
defections. According to The Hill’s whip list, there are 39 Democrats
planning to vote no.

{mosads}Furthermore, The Hill also has seven
Democrats in the undecided/unclear column: Reps Jim Cooper (Tenn.),
Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.), Paul Kanjorski (Pa.), Alan Mollohan (W.Va.),
Mike Quigley (Ill.), Bobby Rush (Ill.) and Loretta
Sanchez (Calif.).

There have been various reports on Sunday that Rep. Bart Stupak
(D-Mich.) and other anti-abortion lawmakers have agreed to an abortion
deal involving an executive order from the Obama administration.
However, Stupak’s office are strongly denying those reports.

Even though several Democratic leaders said they had the votes on
Saturday, Stupak said on Sunday he and others were involved in intense
negotiations with the White House late on Saturday night. The Saturday
night talks strongly suggest Democrats are short of the 216 necessary.

On Sunday morning, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Democratic leaders did not have 216 hard commitments.

believe there are a few lawmakers on The Hill’s Firm No, Leaning No,
Likely No list who could vote yes, including Reps. Marion Berry (Ark.),
Rick Boucher (Va.) and Mike McMahon (N.Y.) and perhaps others.

The problem for Pelosi is that is she gets Stupak on board, she may
lose abortion rights legislators, such as Rep. Mike Quigley (Ill.).

Pelosi struck a deal with Stupak last November on abortion language. That bill passed, 220-215.

The Hill whip list can be accessed here

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