Big ObamaCare Vote on Tuesday - amendment to get public option re-inserted into the bill:
Originally the Senate Finance Committee was to vote on the Public Option Amendments today, but it seems that it has been pushed back until Tuesday September 29, 2009. It has been called the beginning of the battle; in an interview Wednesday night, Charles Schumer is quoted saying, “Tomorrow is the opening day in the big fight…It will be a big fight all the way down to the wire. The health-care bill that will be signed by the President will have a good, strong, rubust public option.”
However, the fight will not be beginning until Tuesday when the Senate gets back from its long weekend. Senator and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mt) is using time constraints as his reason for pushing back the vote on the amendment that is being proposed by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Charles Schumer (D-NY). Senator Baucus has said, “We don’t have time today to bring that up.” There is a health care reform bill moving through this week but it excludes the public option, which Democrats have been wanting. So this amendment is being proposed.
For those who don’t know, these are the senators on the Finance Committee:
Max Baucus (D-MT), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), John Kerry (D-MA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Jim Bunning (R-KY), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Ensign (R-NV), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and John Cornyn (R-TX).