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Reports: An executive order to pay off pro-life Democrats?

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 20, 2010 12:38 PM

Both Left and Right are hearing rumors that the Dems are drafting an executive order to quell pro-life Democrat opposition to the government health care takeover plan.

Daniel Foster reports the buzz at NRO. Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic tweets it here.

If Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak and his pro-life colleagues are feckless enough to sign on to the nationalization of 1/6 of the American economy and the bottomless generational debt it will incur for another worthless Obama promise and empty scrap of paper, God help us all.

President Obama meets with Democrats on the Hill at 3pm Eastern.

Work that reverse Midas Touch, Mr. President.

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Steven Ertelt at LifeNews reports:

- It appears Rep. Bart Stupak has no deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a last-minute attempt to stop the massive abortion funding in the Senate health care bill. As a result, Pelosi is moving forward with a Sunday vote on the bill and is meeting today with top lieutenants to see if she has enough votes.

According to The Hill, Pelosi made it clear at mid-day today that there will be “no separate votes” on any single issue, including abortion funding.

Conversations are reportedly still ongoing and there may be some attempt to accommodate Stupak and his coalition of pro-life Democrats, but Pelosi appears to be ready to see if she has enough votes for Sunday afternoon.

House Republican Leader John Boenher says she doesn’t and several different whip counts say she would need all of about 12 undecided members and a few of the Stupak group to get to the 216 votes needed for the bill. The numbers make it appear Pelosi is about 10 votes away form that magic number.

Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois told PRI radio that, “There’s still time” for Pelosi to change her mind about a deal and that “they still need the votes.”

But pro-abortion Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky says there will be “no vote” on a Stupak deal.

“There’s not going to be any deal made with Mr. Stupak…there’s been no deal whatsoever. He’s been told that his language is not going to be added to the legislation,” she told TPM. “We think we have the votes regardless, and we’re going to be moving forward. Yes. We do think we have the votes without him.”

Key undecided or leaning lawmakers right now, according to whip counts LifeNews.com has seen, include: Reps. Matheson, Carney, Dahlkemper, Nye, Schrader, Pomeroy, Space, Driehaus, Kanjorski, Kaptur, Lipinski, Mollohan, Tanner, Lynch, Rahall, and Baird.

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