Hoyer: Dems Could Create Abortion Bill - TO BE VOTED ON SEPARATELY - to Satisfy Stupak
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that lawmakers could draft separate pieces of legislation with abortion language to earn the support of anti-abortion rights Democrats on healthcare reform legislation.My Comments:
"Separate pieces of legislation could be passed that would relate to that," Hoyer told reporters after a meeting with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) "That's a possibility. I talked to Mr. Stupak today, and I'm going to be talking to him next week and he indicated he wanted to have some discussions with people. And I will do that."
"Separate pieces of legislation could be passed that would relate to that." Yeah, right. And I've got a bridge to sell you.
As Ed Morrissey notes:
There are only two reasons why Bart Stupak would agree to that strategy. One would be that Stupak is a complete idiot. The other … all right, the other would also have to be that Stupak is a complete idiot.Classic bait and switch.
How exactly would this work? Nancy Pelosi would have to allow it to come to a floor vote — the same Nancy Pelosi who only allowed Stupak a vote on the amendment in the first place because she would have lost the ObamaCare vote without it. Is Nancy Pelosi a die-hard abortion opponent, or someone who wants to see federal funding of abortion as part of a government overhaul and takeover of the health-care system? ... Then, assuming that the Senate would pass it when they just got done stripping out the Stupak language three months ago, the bill would have to go to President Barack Obama for his signature...