Is Blanche Lincoln The Most Important Democrat In America Today?
Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu’s decision to support the next big vote on the Senate health care bill puts the number of supporters at 59, one shy of the magic number 60 needed to allow it to go forward. The remaining holdout is Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln (pictured).
“I’ve decided that there are enough significant reforms and safeguards in this bill to move forward, but much more work needs to be done,” Landrieu said on the Senate floor as she delivered her long-awaited announcement just hours before the 8 p.m. EST vote.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., needs 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to go forward on his 2,074-page bill to overhaul the nation’s health care system. The lone holdout is another moderate Democrat, Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, who faces a tough re-election next year.
With all 40 Republicans opposed, and Joe Lieberman on-board with the Democrats, the power rests with Senator Lincoln.Click here for reuse options!
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