November 18th, 2009
03:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Lincoln, Landrieu, Nelson meeting with Reid

(CNN) – Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln, Mary Landrieu and Ben Nelson, who have all expressed skepticism about the party's health care reform plan, were summoned to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office Wednesday to get a sneak peak at his health care bill.

Reid spokesman Jim Manley said Wednesday the senator invited these three moderate Democrats into his office to give them the "particulars on the bill."

All have been withholding support on voting to start debate - and the fact that Reid is giving the three their own special briefing, before the broader Democratic meeting at 5 pm Wednesday, is a signal of their power.

Assuming no Republican senator joins Democrats in voting to end debate, Reid needs all 60 senators in his party's caucus to vote in favor of a so-called "motion to proceed."

If any Democrat votes no on proceeding to debate, Reid's health care bill will go down before it starts.


A source familiar with Nelson's thinking reminded CNN Wednesday that has historically supported beginning debate, and does not believe that has anything to do with whether he will support a final bill. Landrieu told CNN she is leaning toward a "no" vote on the motion to proceed.

Manley says Reid still believes the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed this Saturday.


Filed under: Health care • Senate Democrats
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. File under "Sarcasm"

    OK, Harry, do your arm twisting. You know that once the debate is open you can pull some tricks and push it through with a 51 vote majority. Want to bet Rahm is there to break a few kneecaps, if necessary?

    November 18, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Dar

    You think Reid is a little worried? I bet the witch is too. This is a pig of a bill from what I have heard and we only know a little bit about it. How much of this bill is pork? What are they hiding in this 2000 pound pig? It would take month's to go over this pig page by page and I bet Reid hope's that know one has the time to go through the whole thing. He's a dirty little pig to want to push this down the Americans thoat.

    November 18, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. WIlly Brown

    Hippie Harry strong arming his peeps.

    November 18, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    I wonder how many hundreds of millions of dollars his "convincing" will cost us. These last three votes don't come cheap.

    November 18, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Duck Fallas

    He should throw them out the window.

    Then follow them.

    November 18, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. RCasson

    PASS this already!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 18, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that some Republicans join with all the Democrats to pass their version of reform so that it can go to conference and get to the president's desk. We shouldn't have to wait so long for this.

    November 18, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Liberal in Nebraska

    Come on Nelson, do the right thing. Vote for reform.

    November 18, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. D.

    They will be told what was decided behind closed doors, since they said they will not vote for a public option, so they need a "trick" to have it without saying it (Not with a positive tone)!.

    Whhhoooo, in general, it is an amazing thing in this country, everyone is telling us what they will not do. The president NOT watching election results, NOT reading Palin book.... Whooo... we know so well what some people will NOT do. When will we know what they will do (or when will they start doing)?

    November 18, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Gary

    Don't let the motion to proceed go forward unless the public option, new taxes and abortion funding are completely OFF THE TABLE!!! Stay strong!

    November 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Felonious Monk

    Jesus on the cross was a retroactive abortion. LOL

    November 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    Let the strongarm Chicago-style politics begin. These three democrats need to hold firm, or the entire economy will collapse.

    November 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Enough

    Hear the MAJORITY of Americans loud and clear............we DON't want this disaster. Work on real reform and throw this mess out.

    NO Public option..........we don't want it.

    November 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. mjm

    Got to love the transparency!

    Thank GOD they said this was going to be the most open, transparent administration ever. Hard to think how they would be acting if they hadn’t made that pledge.

    Hide the bill until the last minute....then RAM IT!

    Any bill that has to be hidden from the public, and needs 60 votes to pass, IS NOT WORTH PASSING.

    Here's an idea, write a bill that everyone can support for a change....and doesn't take over health care and cost billions.

    November 18, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Senator Landrieu of Louisiana is about as useless as they come and should have been removed after Katrina along with the former governor. Louisiana needs healthcare more than any other state with all the dead bodies they haven't recovered and the stinch of death and germs in the air and water.

    November 18, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Stortz

    Just remember, WE THE PEOPLE…!

    Thanks to all the politicians that have been bought off over the years the above statement feels more like We the Corporations! The greatest resource this country has is it’s people, and they ALL need affordable health insurance!

    November 18, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. leon

    Will be interesteing to see what can Reid do or say to try convincing these blue dogs on supporting the bill

    November 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Grrr-awful-o

    Ha! Bet he gave them more than just the "particulars of the bill". A lot more!

    November 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Scott

    Wow, there are so many blatantly untrue assumptions and lies being thrown around by the opponents of health care reform that it takes a person's breath away.

    I know facts don't seem to be the strong suit of the Republican base, but you guys (the working poor) really appear to be pretty clueless. Why do you people continuously choose to spew the nonsense coming out of the Rush and Bohner repeating brainwashing machine – rather than simply looking at what is in your everyday personal best interest.

    I really do want the best things for all Americans (including these guys) – maybe they deserve to go down on the boat they insist on sabotaging – but we are better than that. Forgive them for they know not what they do . . .

    November 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Mickey

    That's it Reid, cram this down the GOP's pie hole...you have the votes.

    GOP: Evolve or die.

    November 18, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Ken Leone

    I hope this meeting with Reid isn't so much due to their "power" but more of a calling them into the woodshed for a spanking. If they don't know what side of the aisle they belong on, these "Blue Dogs" run the risk of becoming out of office "Stray Dogs."

    November 18, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Al in Chesapeake

    I hope these three senators as well as others see the light and realize this monstrosity of a health care reform bill will bankrupt the U.S. It is
    hard to believe they can't see ways to get both parties together and
    come up with a bill that is agreeable to all parties as well as the
    U.S. citizens. Now that another government agency (USPS) is in
    trouble we sure don't need another one that is bigger. I still would
    like to know where they are going to get the facilties as well as
    doctors to handle the influx of the 45 million new patients if the
    current bill does pass, which I hope doesn't.

    November 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Urgh

    Anything worth doing is worth doing right....this isn't right. Can't paint it any other way. All anyone can do is distract with personal attacks and arm bending behind closed doors. Disgusting!

    November 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Alex

    This ridiculous idea that bills need 60 votes to pass should come to an end! If Republicans and conservative Democrats (they're NOT moderates) like Nelson, Lincoln and Landrieu want to filibuster this bill, make them get up there and read from the dictionary or their favorite recipe book for hours on end. Show the obstructionism for what it is!

    November 18, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Kat

    BHO, worse president EVER!!! Landrieu needs to listen to the people. WE DO NOT WANT THEIR PLAN. Scrap it and come up with real reform. I have emailed her several times about this issue. Now I will step back and see if she listens.

    November 18, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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