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Liveblogging: The new Imperial Congress votes on Pelosicare; Update: Female Democrats turn House resolution process into circus; GOP responds; Obama rallies weakened Dems; will Stupak amendment stick?

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 7, 2009 09:09 AM

The House is now in a rare Saturday session for the government health care takeover ram down.

Welcome to the new Imperial Congress.

Keep a close eye on the vulnerable Democrats listed here by USA Today. Here is their current tally of House Dems voting no:

The New York Daily News has just published a statement from hometown Rep. Michael McMahon, D-N.Y. He’s in the no column. “I believe the net negatives of this bill outweight the positive effects,” McMahon says.

Five of those announcements came today. All of the lawmakers who announced opposition cited concerns about the price tag of the legislation, estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to be more than $1 trillion over 10 years.

“After months of thoroughly reviewing legislative proposals and speaking with constituents and stakeholders, I am not satisfied that this bill before us is a sustainable solution,” said Rep. Frank Kratovil, D-Md. Alert readers will remember that he was the congressman hung in effigy during the height of the August town hall meeting uproar.

The other three Democratic freshmen from McCain districts who announced their opposition to the health care bill Friday are: Reps. Bobby Bright of Alabama, Walt Minnick of Idaho, and Suzanne Kosmas of Florida. Two who announced their opposition earlier: Reps. Travis Childers of Mississippi and Parker Griffith of Alabama. All but Griffith have announced their opposition since Election Day, when Democrats suffered humiliating defeats in the New Jersey and Virginia governors races.

Still on the fence: Reps. Tom Perriello, D-Va., John Boccieri, D-Ohio, Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., Betsy Markey, D-Colo., and Harry Teague, D-N.M.

Ed Morrissey notes Pelosi’s last-minute agreement to allow pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak to bring his federal abortion funding ban to the floor today.

House Republicans will hold a second Operation House Call protest event today at 1pm Eastern. If you are in D.C., stand with them.


9:20am Eastern. 1minute speeches.

* Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier crows that Pelosicare will let “children” stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 27. Yeah, culture of entitlement!

*Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan says “Freedom means being healthy in America.” Gad.

*GOP Rep. Joe Pitts confirms that one pro-life amendment — Stupak, Pitts, etc.-sponsored bipartisan amendment — will be heard on the floor, preserving the status quo and codifying the Hyde Amendment to prevent federal health care subsidies for abortion.

Update 10:41am Eastern. GOP Rep Tom Price says the final vote looks it will take place at 6pm Eastern. House is taking care of other business right now. Then there will be a vote on motion to proceed on govt health care debate. There will reportedly be 1 hour of debate; unspecified time set aside to debate GOP alternative; vote on Stupak amendment; then final vote.

Update 10:44am Eastern. Dem. Rep. Slaughter brings House Res. 903 for a vote on rules for debate on HR 3962, the Pelosicare health care takeover.

Greg Mueller tweets that Obama will meet Dems at 11am at the Cannon House building. His sources tell him Dems still don’t have the votes.

Update 11:06am Eastern. A parade of female Democrats are using the House resolution process to play the gender card on Pelosicare and eat into general debate time through unanimous consent requests. GOP Reps are objecting. Chair John Dingell shutting up GOP reps. Repubs want an extension of an hour on debate to balance the female Dem circus.

A female Republican rep is objecting. Dingell is ignoring her.

GOP Rep. Culberson asks for extension of an hour on debate. Request ignored.

GOP Rep Tom Price points out that unanimous requests must not include significant embellishments. Dingell disputes him and then ignores Price’s further parliamentary inquiry.

GOP Rep Burton objects to female Dems’ embellished unanimous consent orders.

We need GOP Rep Michele Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn, and all other GOP women on the floor now.



Update 1130am Eastern.
The female Democrat parade continues. Dingell finally, lamely, chides Dem Rep Slaughter that her parade needs to limit its unanimous consent request embellishments. They ignore him. He will now charge Slaughter time.

Female Dems end their parade with a Democrat screeching about domestic violence. Finally ruled out of order.

GOP women finally lined up to file their own unanimous consent requests.

Dingell immediately rules a GOP woman out of order.

Dingell repeatedly admonishes GOP women for their statements when he allowed the parade of female Dems to spew freely.

GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx pushes back against “this exercise of tyranny by the majority.”

Dingell rules her out of order. He’s charging GOP Rep. Pete Sessions’ time now.

GOP men now on floor with their unanimous consent requests.

GOP Rep. Dan Burton carries entire 1900-page bill with him. “I hope I don’t get a hernia.” Tells Dems to read the bill before voting on it.

Dem Rep. Slaughter bemoans the “extremists” who protested govt-run health care yesterday at the Capitol. Says they “threatened” Democrats.

Slaughter laments past defeats of massive government intervention. Relives “Harry and Louise” ads. Plays the gender card again. Slaughter invokes Kennedy.

Update 11:53am Eastern. GOP resumes unanimous consent requests. Dingell continues charging Rs times.

Update 12:44pm Eastern. Obama visited the Hill to rally weakened Dems. He told them to stand on the “right side of history.”

Er, that would be the LEFT side of history.

Reports are that final vote has been delayed until at least 10:30pm Eastern.

Update: 1:02pm Eastern. House is now taking two procedural votes. After those, it’s on to four hours of floor debate before final vote.

Here is a list of undecideds. Get to work!

Update 3:50pm Eastern. Here is the latest no count on Dems.

GOP Rep. Chris Smith on floor urging adoption of Stupak amendment: “Abortion is neither health care nor reform.”


Update 4:15pm Eastern.

Rep. Stupak: Health care has the votes whether anti-abortion amendment passes or fails. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) told reporters that regardless of the outcome of the vote on his amendment, which would severely restrict coverage of reproductive health issues, the House health care bill is headed for passage. He is whipping support for the amendment and estimates he has 225 votes. If he’s right, the amendment will pass, and he predicted enough pro-life Democrats will vote yes on the final bill to put it over the top. But if it fails, he said, enough pro-lifers will have been satisfied to have had their vote on the floor that they’ll turn around and support the final bill anyway.

Update 4:45pm Eastern. Boehner exposes phoniness of Stupak amendment. Asks Rangel if it passes, will Ds guarantee that it stays in the final bill.

Rangel snottily says that such a guarantee might be an ethics violation.

Yes, Rangel balking at possible “ethics” violation.


Key issue now: Will pro-life Dems go along with the Kabuki Stupak amdnt vote knowing that the federal abortion ban will not survive negotiations?

Here is the Rangel-Boehner exchange via Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft:

Karl at the Green Room looks at the gamesmanship over the Stupak amendment.


Via reader Kathy, here’s a handy phone/fax list for Blue Dog Dems:

Altmire, Jason (PA-04) Phone: (202) 225-2565 Fax: (202) 226-2274
Arcuri, Mike (NY-24) Phone: (202) 225-3665 Fax: (202) 225-1891
Baca, Joe (CA-43) Phone: (202) 225-6161 Fax: (202) 225-8671
Barrow, John (GA-12) Phone: (202) 225-2823 Fax: (202) 225-3377
Berry, Marion (AR-01) Phone: (202) 225-4076 Fax: (202) 225-5602
Bishop, Sanford (GA-02) Phone: (202) 225-3631 Fax: (202) 225-2203
Boren, Dan (OK-02) Phone: (202) 225-2701 Fax: (202) 225-3038
Boswell, Leonard (IA-03) Phone: (202) 225-3806 Fax: (202) 225-5608
Boyd, Allen (FL-02) Phone: (202) 225-5235 Fax: (202) 225-5615
Bright, Bobby (AL-02) Phone: (202) 225-2901 Fax: (202) 225-8913
Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18) Phone: (202) 225-6131 Fax: (202) 225-0819
Carney, Christopher (PA-10) Phone: (202) 225-3731 Fax: (202) 225-9594
Chandler, Ben (KY-06) Phone: (202) 225-4706 Fax: (202) 225-2122
Childers, Travis (MS-01) Phone: (202) 225-4306 Fax: (202) 225-3549
Cooper, Jim (TN-05) Phone: (202) 225-4311 Fax: (202) 226-1035
Costa, Jim (CA-20) Phone: (202) 225-3341 Fax: (202) 225-9308
Cuellar, Henry (TX-28) Phone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641
Dahlkemper, Kathy (PA-03) Phone: (202) 225-5406 Fax: (202) 225-3103
Davis, Lincoln (TN-04) Phone: (202) 225-6831 Fax: (202) 226-5172
Donnelly, Joe (IN-02) Phone: (202) 225-3915 Fax: (202) 225-6798
Ellsworth, Brad (IN-08) Phone: (202) 225-4636 Fax: (202) 225-3284
Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08) Phone: (202) 225-2542 Fax: (202) 225-0378
Gordon, Bart (TN-06) Phone: (202) 225-4231 Fax: (202) 225-6887
Griffith, Parker (AL-05) Phone: (202) 225-4801 Fax: (202) 225-4392
Harman, Jane (CA-36) Phone: (202) 225-8220 Fax: (202) 226-7290
Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (SD) Phone: (202) 225-2801 Fax: (202) 225-5823
Hill, Baron (IN-09) Phone: (202) 225-5315 Fax: (202) 226-6866
Holden, Tim (PA-17) Phone: (202) 225-5546 Fax: (202) 226-0996
Kratovil, Jr., Frank (MD-01) Phone: (202) 225-5311 Fax: (202) 225-0254
McIntyre, Mike (NC-07) Phone: (202) 225-2731 Fax: (202) 225-5773
Marshall, Jim (GA-08) Phone: (202) 225-6531 Fax: (202) 225-3013
Matheson, Jim (UT-02) Phone: (202) 225-3011 Fax: (202) 225-5638
Melancon, Charlie (LA-03) Phone: (202) 225-4031 Fax: (202) 226-3944
Michaud, Mike (ME-02) Phone: (202) 225-6306 Fax: (202) 225-2943
Minnick, Walt (ID-01) Phone: (202) 225-6611 Fax: (202) 225-3029
Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05) Phone: (202) 225-2190 Fax: (202) 225-3263
Moore, Dennis (KS-03) Phone: (202) 225-2865 Fax: (202) 225-2807
Murphy, Patrick (PA-08) Phone: (202) 225-4276 Fax: (202) 225-9511
Nye, Glenn (VA-02) Phone: (202) 225-4215 Fax: (202) 225-4218
Peterson, Collin (MN-07) Phone: (202) 225-2165 Fax: (202) 225-1593
Pomeroy, Earl (ND) Phone: (202) 225-2611 Fax: (202) 226-0893
Ross, Mike (AR-04) Phone: (202) 225-3772 Fax: (202) 225-1314
Salazar, John (CO-03) Phone: (202) 225-4761 Fax: (202) 226-9669
Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47) Phone: (202) 225-2965 Fax: (202) 225-5859
Schiff, Adam (CA-29) Phone: (202) 225-4176 Fax: (202) 225-5828
Scott, David (GA-13) Phone: (202) 225-2939 Fax: (202) 225-4628
Shuler, Heath (NC-11) Phone: (202) 225-6401 Fax: (202) 226-6422
Space, Zack (OH-18) Phone: (202) 225-6265 Fax: (202) 225-3394
Tanner, John (TN-08) Phone: (202) 225-4714 Fax: (202) 225-1765
Taylor, Gene (MS-04) Phone: (202) 225-5772 Fax: (202) 225-7074
Thompson, Mike (CA-01) Phone: (202) 225-3311 Fax: (202) 225-4335
Wilson, Charles (OH-06) Phone: (202) 225-5705


Update 5:30pm Eastern.
Starting a fresh thread here.

More liveblogging tonight from Allahpundit at Hot Air.

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