Washington (CNN) - As the clock ticks down to a critical health care reform vote on Capitol Hill Sunday, a White House official said President Obama is “in the West Wing, getting updates, dropping in on staff, and like the rest of America, examining the rubble of his bracket.”
The official added that Obama “made a surprise appearance at an 11:00 a.m. meeting of senior staff,” and is “preparing to make and take member phone calls as we move toward the vote.”
(CNN)– Three men subjected Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to a cash ambush Sunday as the senator left a CBS interview.
The men posing as "billionaires" showered McConnell with hundreds of one dollar bills, "thanking" him for protecting Wall Street and insurance company profits by opposing health care reform.
McConnell had no comment as he was escorted to his vehicle.
"We've got the votes," Rep. John Larson, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said on State of the Union. (Photo Credit: CNN)
Washington (CNN) - A key Democratic official said Sunday that Democrats have the 216 votes needed to pass health care reform - even as another top Democrat said they don't have that many "yet."
Rep. John Larson, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told CNN, "We've got the votes."
"This is a historic day and we are happy warriors," said Larson, D-Connecticut.
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But the chief deputy whip in the House said, "We don't have a hard 216 right now." Speaking to "Fox News Sunday," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, added, "I couldn't tell you which 216 members we will have. But I firmly believe we will have 216."
Larson has spoken optimistically before. The Web site thehill.com, which covers Congress, quoted him as saying, "I believe we have the votes" when he emerged from a caucus meeting Tuesday night.
While Democrats were projecting confidence Sunday, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told NBC's "Meet the Press," "This fight is not lost yet."
Updated: 10:06 a.m.