November 18th, 2009
03:11 PM ET
12 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.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. books

    Landrieu does get it, the choice is...she gets voted out of Congress with a yes vote, because her state does not want it OR she votes no and stays in Congress. The choice is hers...keep her job or be voted out!

    November 18, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Cindy

    Regarding Congress investigating the Fort Hood shootings.. while I support the investigation, I think Joe Lieberman needs to stay out of it. He's already declared that the US needs to have a "Zero Tollerance" policy on these issues, like Israel has. Look at where that's gotten Israel? They're leading themselves down the path of destruction, cause they have no idea how to get along with their neighbors.

    We need understanding what causes these problems, not escalation, not witch hunts. Lieberman has already shown his cards... he wants a witch hunt.

    November 18, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. frank

    I wonder what these moderates are getting paid by the repugs to help people die quicker.

    November 18, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Laura in KS

    Actually, "Enough," the AP just released a poll that showed the Majority DO WANT a public option. They even asked the question different ways, and the Majority STILL supported it. Isn't it considered insanity when you keep repeating something time and again, even after it's been proven false?

    November 18, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. I just dont get it?

    I just don't understand that if you realize the need for some kind of reform that you would vote no and not give yourself the chance to amend the bill. This vote is not to pass the bill or not. Its only for bringing it to the floor to debate and amend it. Isn't that exactly what our senators are there to do?

    November 18, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. demsrulz

    Strong public option! We need competition... Vote yes!

    November 18, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Laura in KS

    All right, I see we're back to comparing the USPS with Healthcare. If you think about it, they're aren't really comparable. While some blame may lie w/ the gov't as to why the USPS is failing, doesn't it make more sense that perhaps it's failing b/c communication by ground mail is mostly obsolete now due to modern technology such as telephone/internet/etc.

    November 18, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. voter

    What is the excuse for the blue dogs to not support the bill? Quite frankly the blue dogs aka republicans are not aganist the bill because of the price tag it is because they receive funds from the insurance companies. The insurance companies are paying for their re-election bids.

    November 18, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. TD

    enough "Hear the MAJORITY of Americans loud and clear"
    It amazes me when people start claiming that the minority is the majority. Do you have the numbers to support your claim that the majority of Americans do not support the public option? This is a democracy, and therefore the majority should rule.

    November 18, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Greg, MN

    He needs Lieberman as well, doesn't he?

    November 18, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. DJ

    no wimpy Democrats, quit putting your finger to the wind to test which way the wind blows...grow a spine please and stand-up for a strong public option

    November 18, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Greg, MN

    I think China just told Baracko that they are not buying more of the government's debt, and actually want payments to start on the trillions we owe them already.

    I think the urgency for Health Care Reform is faltering because anyone with a brain knows it will pile on to the national debt .

    November 18, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Greg, MN

    Knock, knock idiots who is getting campaign contributions from insurance companies? Start with Barry Obama. He received more in two years that some in 20 years. Who has been bought?

    November 18, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. joe mett

    It is about time these fake democrats and pretentious aristocrats lose their seats. It would not matter much because there would always be realignment of seats in the senate or the house. Losing their seats would be good for the democratic process!!!!

    November 18, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Even the CBO admits this turkey is going to cost almost a trillion bucks–and they're famous for hugely underestimating the cost of things.

    The country just can't afford this.

    If Congress can come up with true health care reform–something that doesn't turn health care into another insanely expensive welfare entitlement–great. But the Dems just don't get it that a majority of us really aren't interested in being stuck with the medical bills of people too irresponsible, indolent, or improvident to take responsibility for themselves.

    November 18, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. Albo58

    Public Option does NOT mean competition. Public Option means a complete government take over of health care in this country! It leads to health care rationing, premium increases to people that actually pay for health care insurance, and it will add an enorous and continual amount to the national debt! The actual value of either the House/Senate bill can be witnessed by the amendments that were voted down to force these Congressional thieves to subject themselves to the same system that they are trying to force upon us!

    November 18, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. LacrosseSon

    Let's see...$850,000,000,000 over 10 years...figure only half of Americans work and pay taxes, figure anything the government does winds up costing twice as much as estimated...yep–this is going to cost us hard-working Americans more than $1,000 a year for 10 years!

    Here comes the "double-dip" recession Obama was afraid of!

    Oh, then the cost goes up, as they assume we wouldn't notice additional costs kick in after 10 years. Frankly, I'd rather save that $1000 each year in my own catastrophic medical account.

    What it boils down to is this: I shouldn't have to pay for my neighbor's health care!!!

    November 18, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. ib

    The demo's are determined to ram this thing down people's throats. We will remember; we will vote you out in 2010. So much for trying to work together. With the demo's it's our way or the highway. They will be given the highway in 2010.

    November 18, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Fred

    His health care bill will go down before it starts. Well ,lets see how many smart Dems we have

    November 18, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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