Tom McClusky had a great breakdown of last night’s vote provided by a friend of his on the Hill posted over at The Cloakroom, thought I’d share it here.
Last night the House took several health care reform votes that are notable for pro-life groups. The only pro-life Democrat to change his vote from a yes to a no due to the failure to include the Stupak-Pitts amendment was Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL).
Other pro-life Democrats who had previously threatened to change their votes from a yes to a no, agreed to an Executive Order reiterating the Senate bill’s accounting scheme in exchange for their votes at the last minute. 20 of the Members who were urged to change their vote from a “yes” to “no” on pro-life grounds, but failed to do so are: Carney (PA), Costello (IL), Dahlkemper (PA), Donnelly (IN), Doyle (PA), Driehaus (OH), Ellsworth (IN), Hill (IN), Kanjorski (PA), Kaptur (OH), Kildee (MI), Langevin (RI), Mollohan (WV), Oberstar (MN), Ortiz (TX), Perriello (VA), Pomeroy (ND), Rahall (WV), Stupak (MI), and Wilson (OH).
19 pro-life Democrats voted against the Senate bill and for the motion to recommit. They are Altmire* (PA), Barrow* (GA), Berry* (AR), Boren (OK), Bright (AL), Chandler* (KY), Childers (MS), L. Davis (TN), Holden (PA), Lipinski (IL), Marshall (GA), Matheson (UT)*, McIntyre (NC), Melancon (LA)*, Peterson (MN), Ross (AR)*, Shuler (NC), Skelton (MO), and Taylor (MS). (* denotes Members with a limited or mixed pro-life voting record.)
Representatives Costello (IL) and Donnelly (IN) both voted for the Senate bill, but also vote for the motion to recommit.
Representatives Artur Davis (AL), Lynch (MA), Space (OH), and Tanner (TN) voted against the Senate bill, but also voted against the motion to recommit despite having voted for a similar amendment offered last fall.
The total vote tallies are as follows:
- Vote on the Rule to establish the process for consideration of the Senate health care bill, H.R. 3590, and the reconciliation bill, H.R. 4872. The rule passed by a vote of 224-206 with all Republicans and 28 Democrats voting no. 224 Democrats voted yes.
- Vote on the Senate Bill, which passed by a vote of 219-212 with all Republicans and 34 Democrats voting no. 219 Democrats voted yes.
- Vote on the Republican Motion to Recommit, which failed by a vote of 199-232 with all Republicans and 21 Democrats voting yes. 232 Democrats voted no. The Motion to Recommit that would have added the Stupak/Pitts amendment to the reconciliation bill.
Vote on the Reconciliation Bill, which passed by a vote of 220-211 with all Republicans and 33 Democrats voting no. 220 Democrats voted yes.
Be sure to contact Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and thank him for standing on his prolife principles. The bipartisan opposition to the Senate Bill included these 34 Democrats, from Hot Air, as was mentioned in that post we’ll see who voted on principle and who was released by Speaker Pelosi.
Rep. John Adler (N.J.)
Rep. Dan Lipinski (Ill.)