Conference Committee Bypass set, Pro-Abortion Senate Bill Basis for Coming Vote
Well, it seems the Dems will definitely be negotiating behind closed doors on the health care bill. Steven Ertelt at LifeNews.com has this to say:
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) Congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama have made it official: they will bypass a public, formal conference committee and negotiate behind closed doors on a final version of the pro-abortion health care bill.
The decision will have the the pro-abortion Senate version of the health care bill as the basis for a merged legislation that may very well include abortion funding.
Because the Senate approved the bill on a tenuous one-vote margin, there is less room for error there and little desire to subject the pro-abortion bill to additional 60-vote threshold votes.
Instead, Democrats have now formally adopted the “ping-pong” strategy of sending the Senate bill to the House to be tweaked and approved and back again.
Obama, pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden and top Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid reached the agreement on strategy at a White House meeting Tuesday night.