Washington (CNN) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicts she has the votes in the House for repeal of the current "don't ask, don't tell" law barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
"I think the votes are there for that," Pelosi told reporters Thursday at her weekly press conference.
The Speaker pointed out that the compromise worked out with the White House makes the repeal contingent upon the completion of a Pentagon review that is scheduled to be finished by December.
"This amendment today is respectful of that. It doesn't repeal 'don't ask, don't tell', it defers to when that report comes forth."
Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, an Iraq war veteran, has proposed an amendment to the defense policy bill that includes the compromise language negotiated with the Senate, the White House, and the Pentagon. The House is expected to vote on it, and the larger defense bill, late Thursday or Friday.
Most Republicans are opposed to the amendment.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday dismissed the idea of health-insurance cooperatives as an alternative to a government-sponsored health-care plan.
Asked at her weekly news conference whether she could support non-profit co-ops, Pelosi said, "No, not instead of a public option."
A proposal to create health-insurance cooperatives that could compete with private insurance companies has become the focus of bipartisan talks in the Senate. Republicans have made it clear that a government-run plan is a non-starter for them.
The co-op model was floated earlier this week by Sen. Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, as a way to get bipartisan support for health-care reform. The co-ops - modeled on electricity and agricultural cooperatives in rural states - would be run and paid for by their members.