Stupak Ready to Pounce, Vows to Kill ‘Unacceptable’ Nelson Abortion Deal

December 20, 2009

(ChattahBox)— Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) is not finished making trouble for his Democratic colleagues, as the Senate’s health reform bill makes its way to the House to be reconciled with the House bill. Stupak pulled a power play in the House, threatening to torpedo the health reform bill, unless it had extreme language banning indirect subsidies to be used for abortion procedures, even if women used their own funds. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) allowed Stupak to bring the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to the floor for a vote and it was passed with Republican votes and a group of pro-life Democrats. The Stupak amendment was not included in the Senate bill, but Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) held out for Stupak-like language.

Now, Stupak is promising to lead an opposition effort to kill the Nelson compromise language, declaring it “unacceptable.” And according to Politico, soon after the deal with Nelson was announced on Saturday, Stupak’s aide sent out emails to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office to coordinate opposition to the Nelson compromise language.

Politico obtained the emails sent from Stupak’s office, by his aide Erika Smith: “Guys – when will we see your letters of opposition to the managers amendment?? We need them ASAP!” wrote Erika Smith.

“The email’s recipients included key staffers for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Right to Life, the Family Research Council, as well as Autumn Fredericks Christensen, aide to top pro-life Republican Chris Smith, and Lanier Swann, a McConnell aide.”

Lanier Swann, Sen. McConnell’s aide sent out her own email blast after receiving the email from Stupak’s office: “Nelson is telling people in the building he will vote yes. If there was any time to weigh in against this deal —- THIS IS IT,” Swann wrote.

The emails suggest a history of coordination between Stupak and McConnell’s office. Sen. McConnell is determined to do everything in his power to stop health care reform.

Stupak threw his aide under the bus, claiming he didn’t authorize the emails and that he was in the wilds of Michigan without Internet access at the time the emails were sent.

Smith “should have let me make up my own mind,” said Stupak.

See Politico for more


7 Responses to “Stupak Ready to Pounce, Vows to Kill ‘Unacceptable’ Nelson Abortion Deal”

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