Pelosi: I've Got the Votes on Health Care

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2009 8:17 PM CDT
Pelosi: I've Got the Votes on Health Care
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestures during a news conference Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Nancy Pelosi says she's got enough votes lined up in the House to pass health care reform by the end of the month, the Hill reports. Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats beg to differ, but Pelosi says there's "no question" she's right. On the chance she's wrong, however, she warned that she might make the House work through the summer recess if it can't reach agreement. "I want a bill," she said.

“I don’t know who’s doing her vote counting, but she doesn’t have the votes,” said Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak, who is working with the centrist Blue Dogs to hold up the bill in the energy committee. Pelosi, facing perhaps her biggest leadership test, also said she's hopeful that in the "next day or so," the Senate will show progress as well. But finance chief Max Baucus still hasn't introduced his bill. Asked if he's getting heat from the White House, he responded, "No, no, no, no."
(Read more Nancy Pelosi stories.)

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