do we have the votes to pass comprehensive health care reform?

Well, do WE?!? According to the Hill one Senator appears to believes that we do. Sen. Tom Harkin does, in fact, believe that the Senate has the requisite 51 votes to pass the public option. Crooks & Liars has an overwhelmingly positive write up on the situation, citing several bloggers that claim that the public option is far from dead, but rather looking better than ever.

Unfortunately, not everyone seems to be sharing in this enthusiasm: yesterday public option crusader Sen. Chuck Schumer dolefully claimed that the Senate simply didn’t have the requisite 60 votes to pass a public option…

Wait a minute, sixty votes? Gadzooks, I though we only needed 51 (which is true, it’s called parliamentary wrangling to avoid a filibuster and pass a vote with simple majority, boo yah)?!?! Looks like some people should be taken back to the basics:


2 Responses to “do we have the votes to pass comprehensive health care reform?”

  1. October 1, 2009 at 2:08 am

    I object to school buses stopping at railroad tracks because it slows down the pace of interstate rail commerce and has (literally) driven this country into a car & highway dependency that will contribute to the eventually combustion of the insignificant rock we all call Earf.

  2. October 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    nice post! I have just posted on the Senate, suggesting that it reform is needed. To read, pls see http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/the-u-s-senate-what-is-it-really/

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