March 4th, 2010
06:34 PM ET
5 years ago

House Democrats looking for health care votes

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."


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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. AJ

    Despite the president trying to sugar coat the senate bill it isstill a bad bill. Obama is more concerned with passing ANYTHING for self aggrandizement. He probably has his tomb started a la Roland Burris.

    March 4, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. The choice is yours.

    The decision to pass this bill is in your hands, so is the decision to that will end your career in Washington politics if you vote yes.

    Is this lame bill, which is ill planned and not wanted by America, how you want to end your career?

    The choice is yours.

    March 4, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. ib

    Hope they don't find them. This congress and president will not stop until they spend this country into a has been country.

    March 4, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. m smith

    I hope they can get it done. No one has polled me but their are a lot of people that want health care now.

    March 4, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. m smith

    I hope they can get it done. No one has polled me but there are a lot of people that want health care now.

    March 4, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    These people arn't stupid - they're crooks.

    Do you know how they will get that 1/2 trillion out of Medicare?

    As Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Obama's special advisor on health care, put it:

    "services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

    And you think after they pull the plug on your grandmother, they will share the "savings" with you.

    Obahahahahaha.

    March 4, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. ED FL

    Since the above article new information has come forth about Stupak, It appears he is one of the C STREET c;loset set that get subsidies from an undisclosed corporation, HMM Gov ,Sanford , The senator from Nevada, and many other questionable Males that call this habitat their home.[sounds like some type of cult or group that has to hide their indescrections]. What are you hiding from Stupak, your acting like a GOP insider. You know it will come out sooner or later and you will be seen for what you really are or stand for.

    March 4, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. dan smith

    OH REALLY! What about the eight years of Bush Bashing and all the negative campaigns during that time. How soon the Dumbocrats forget about their inappropriate behavior.

    March 4, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Marvin

    For those who vote for this travesty: Most of you should enjoy your last few months in Washington. After November you will be unemployed like many of us who vote you out….
    .

    March 4, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. Charles

    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."

    What fantasyland is this guy from? Dems are equally as guilty of this type of behavior. Politicians, whether Dems or Repubs, are equally slimey and untrustworthy.

    March 4, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. nancy flory

    I want to see healthcare passed. The message is plain Republicans do not want Obama to be successful. Its as pain as that. We need to clean out the congress and the senate. Thanks for listening.

    March 4, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. valwayne

    Ideas from both sides of the aisle? Republicans want tort reform to stop frivolous lawsuits and save hundreds of billions in cost. So Obama's idea of a compromise is to spend $50 million dollars more in the healthcare bill for experiments in the states? What a pathetic corrupt joke, and to think he can fool the American people with garbage like that!! And why? The trial lawyers have bought the Democratic party, and those much of those hundreds of billions fill their pockets. Obama may cut off sick 100 year old Great Grandmothers who need a pacemaker to live another 5 years, but he's never going to cut off the corrupt lawyers who helped fill his campaign coffers!!!!!

    March 4, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Let's do this and add the public option.

    March 4, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. Repugnants are Taliban

    If the Democrats in the House cannot get the votes for health care they better start looking for a real job because we are going to vote them outin droves. The Repugliban have already sealed their fate now it is up to the Democrats to show they can run the country and if not we can get them out and get someone in who has the guts to do what is needed and not worry about campaign coffers filled by the rich fat cat insurance companies, it is time for Congress men to represent the average American citizen, not who fills their campaign coffers.

    March 4, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    oh I don't think those votes will be a problem! it might cost us some money but what's money really, just numbers on a piece of paper. a judge here a position in the administration there bing bang boom your done... this is nothing for this guy! no problem!

    March 5, 2010 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
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