GOP Sen. Snowe to Vote Yes on Baucus Health Reform Bill

October 13, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Will she, or won’t she break ranks with her party’s obstructionism and vote for health care reform? Well, today Sen. Olympia Snowe, (R-ME), has finally made up her mind, by announcing in advance of the final vote that she will indeed cast her lot with the Democrats.

Sen. Snowe released a statement saying she has reservations about certain provisions of the Baucus health care bill, but plans to vote yes to pass it in the Senate Finance Committee:

“People do have concerns about what we will do with reform, but at the same time they want us to continue working — and that is what my vote to approve this bill out of committee represents,” she said.

“I do it with reservations because I share my Republican colleagues’ trepidation about what will transpire on the Senate floor, what will emerge in the House-Senate conference, and how, indeed, the Finance Committee bill will be merged with the (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee) bill,” added Snowe.

Sen. Snowe is expected to be the only Republican on the panel to vote for the $829 billion health care reform bill. The committee is made up of 13 Democrats and 10 Republicans and is expected to pass with all 13 Democratic members voting yes.

The debate by panel members on the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Democrat Max Baucus of Montana, is expected to continue throughout Tuesday, with a vote taken at the end of the day.



4 Responses to “GOP Sen. Snowe to Vote Yes on Baucus Health Reform Bill”

  1. Chris R on October 13th, 2009 5:44 pm

    Olympia Snowe has put the American people ahead of the Republican party today and I congratulate her for that.

  2. Amy on October 13th, 2009 5:49 pm

    I hope that the healthcare bill will help a lot of people in our country that need it.

  3. Old Man Dotes on October 13th, 2009 6:28 pm

    For once, a GOP Senator chooses America first, and the GOP second. The cynic in me wonders who paid her more than the insurance industry did, but whatever makes it work, I’m happy to see it.

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