Senator Rockefeller, constituents on line two…
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) threw a wrench into Democratic efforts to get a public option passed through reconciliation, saying that he thought the maneuver was overly partisan and that he was inclined to oppose it. . .
“I don’t think the timing of it is very good,” the West Virginia Democrat said on Monday. “I’m probably not going to vote for that” . . . In making his sentiment known, Rockefeller becomes perhaps the most unexpected skeptic of the public-option-via-reconciliation route. The Senator was a huge booster of a government run insurance option during the legislation drafting process this past year.
Is your Democratic Senator solid on reconciliation? Maybe you should phone and find out.
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Check to see whether your Senator is on mcc’s whip count list. We urgently need statements from (and pressure on) Webb, Warner, Baucus, Bingaman, Casey, McCaskill,
Mikulski, Hagan and both Udalls. If you live in any of those states (VA, PA, MT, NM, MO, NC, and CO) please pick up the phone and call.