With a convincing 240 vote majority on the vote to send the House reform bill to the floor, debate has started. A final vote on the bill is expected later tonight. That first 240 vote majority is important since the Democrats only need 218 votes to pass the bill. Interestingly, Representatives Kissell and McIntyre both voted “yes” on bringing the bill to the floor for debate – Rep. Heath Shuler was the only NC Democrat to vote “no.” Are Kissell and McIntyre having second thoughts about their stated intention to vote against health reform after hearing from so many of their constituents? Or are they just trying to get at least one “yes” vote on reform to confuse the issue?
We’ll see. Even after all our work in his district, I doubt McIntyre will vote yes. But I hear there is enormous pressure on Kissell from many, many progressive supporters who expected better on what is likely the most important vote in Congress in years. We’ll find out soon enough. It’s time to either get on your bike and ride or keep sitting in your barcalounger.