Sen Landrieu Will Vote Yes to Allow Health Bill to Proceed

November 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)–After days of speculation regarding Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) vote to allow the Senate health care reform bill to proceed to the floor for debate, the ConservaDem lawmaker from Louisiana has finally announced she will vote yes. Appearing on the Senate floor, just moments ago, Landrieu made clear she would not stand in the way to prevent the debate of the legislation, but made no promises regarding her final vote on health reform.

Landrieu said:

“My vote today to move forward on this important debate should in no way be construed by the supporters of this current framework as an indication of how I might vote as this debate comes to an end,” Landrieu said. “After a thorough review of the bill…I have decided that there are enough significant reforms and safeguards in this bill to move forward, but much more work needs to be done.”

Landrieu met with reporters after her announcement, and she brought up the public option trigger measure:

“I believe it’s going to be very clear at some point very soon that there are not 60 votes for the current provision in the bill, and that the leader and the leadership are going to have to make a decision and I trust that they will figure out how to do that,” Landrieu told reporters.

The Senate is in session through Saturday, with a procedural cloture vote to bring the health care reform bill to the floor for debate scheduled for 8:00 PM. The other conservative Democrat holdout, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska anounced yesterday that he will vote yes.

“This weekend, I will vote for the motion to proceed to bring that debate onto the Senate floor. The Senate should start trying to fix a health care system that costs too much and delivers too little for Nebraskans. Throughout my Senate career I have consistently rejected efforts to obstruct. That’s what the vote on the motion to proceed is all about,” said Nelson

Nelson then added, “It is not for or against the new Senate health care bill released Wednesday. It is only to begin debate and an opportunity to make improvements. If you don’t like a bill why block your own opportunity to amend it?”

That just leaves Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AK), who has repeatedly stated she may vote against the procedural cloture motion. She is due on the floor at any moment.


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