March 1st, 2010
02:13 PM ET
12 years ago

Liberal group tries to round up votes for public option

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Dick Durbin is one of five senators who submitted a statement in support of passing a public option by way of reconciliation to a liberal group over the weekend."] Washington (CNN) - A liberal group that last week said the White House has a "loser mentality" is continuing to round up support for using the parliamentary maneuver called reconciliation to pass a health care public option.

"Robert Gibbs had a loser mentality when he said 50 votes don't exist in the Senate for the public option when well over 50 existed before," Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Adam Green told CNN. "We're going to prove him wrong."

The PCCC has added five senators to its list of those who have expressed support for using reconciliation - which requires a simple 51-vote majority in the Senate - to pass a public option.  The number of senators who support the cause now totals 30.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin's office is among the five senators to submit a statement to the PCCC this weekend.

"Sen. Durbin has long been a supporter of the public option," Communications Director Joe Shoemaker told the PCCC.  "I don't know whether the votes exist in the Senate right now, but if the House version of the public option came up for a vote in reconciliation Sen. Durbin would vote yes."

Sens. Patty Murray, Jeff Bingaman, Ben Cardin and Amy Klobuchar sent similar letters of support.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Too bad senate democrats cannot include this in amendment form, as almost 60% in a recent poll would like to see the public option. This is where the republicans cry about having things shoved down their throats, but the health reform has already passed the senate with 60 votes, and amendments need only a majority.

    March 1, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. D. Bunker

    Americans want the public option. It's time for our government to do what the rest of the developed world has figured out how to do. Git er done. Now!

    March 1, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Ben

    Do it! Pass the bill with the public option; there are average people who want this passed so those companies can be kept honest! People are okay with public school, what about health care? If it worked the same way as the schools, those of you who whine about it can get your own private insurance.

    March 1, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. annie s

    Count me as one American who would champion any lawmaker who was brave enough to get a public option through the Senate.

    March 1, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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