Washington (CNN) – Majority Whip James Clyburn said Thursday that he is waiting for the final pieces of health care reform to fall into place before he is able to definitively say there are enough votes in the House to pass it.
"We don't know exactly what to whip," Clyburn told CNN's Don Lemon in an interview. "That's why we are waiting on these fixers to take place, and the moment we get the fixers done and post them for the American people, I will look in on it the same way the American people will, and then I will know what to go to my caucus with."
House Democrats need 217 votes to pass the health care bill approved by the Senate as well as an additional bill to change some revenue measures. The Senate would then only need to pass the one bill with the revenue changes, which is likely to occur through a process known as reconciliation. Reconciliation only requires 51 votes.
Clyburn said the final product will include ideas from both sides of the aisle.
"Now we are looking to reconcile the Republican's ideas, the president's wishes, with the House and Senate bills, and that's what we are trying to get a simple majority vote on those fixers," Clyburn said.
Turning to 2010 politics, the South Carolina Democrat sharply criticized the Republican National Committee for a fundraising presentation that paints President Obama in an unfavorable light.
"That was shameful," Clyburn said. "I really believe that the RNC needs to apologize to the American people for subjecting them to that kind of a tactic. That is not what this great country ought to be about and I think that the American people are now beginning to see that this is not about policy, this is about some pretty bad practices."
When asked if Democrats engage in the same kind of behavior, Clyburn said, "Absolutely not. If I were ever in a room and Democrats did that to anybody, not only would I walk out of the room, but I would go to that, whatever that taping may be and physically remove it from the building."