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3 Democrats Could Block Health Bill in Senate
New York Times ^ | November 17, 2009 | Carl Hulse

Posted on 11/18/2009 3:46:27 AM PST by Man50D

Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, says he is not sure he is ready to help a Democratic health care proposal clear even the most preliminary hurdle: gaining the 60 votes his party’s leaders need to open debate on the measure later this week.

Two of his fellow Democrats, Senators Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, are proving tough sells as well, raising the prospect that one or perhaps all three of them could scuttle the bill before the fight over it even begins on the Senate floor.

“I think what is most important for me is to take a look at what is presented on behalf of Arkansans and figure out whether it is something that really makes sense,” Mrs. Lincoln said Tuesday. “I am responsible to the people of Arkansas, and that is where I will take my direction.”

Typically routine, the procedural approval needed to begin consideration of a bill looms as anything but routine in this instance. Instead, the vote is fast becoming a test of the leadership abilities of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader. It will also decide at least the near-term prospects of President Obama’s top domestic priority. And it is providing a case study of the Democrats’ difficulties in managing high expectations fueled by large Congressional majorities.

Inability by the Democrats to advance their emerging plan could require them to regroup and redraw the measure or even switch to a more contentious procedural shortcut around the need for a 60-vote majority.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benedictarnoldnelson; benedictnelson; bennelson; benodictarnoldnelson; blanchelincoln; healthcare; landrieu; marylandrieu; nelson; senate

1 posted on 11/18/2009 3:46:28 AM PST by Man50D
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To: Man50D
3 Democrats Could Block Seeking Payoff For Vote On Health Bill In Senate
2 posted on 11/18/2009 4:06:34 AM PST by edpc (Those Lefties just ain't right)
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To: Man50D

add Joe Leiberman. I can name a few more.

3 posted on 11/18/2009 4:06:50 AM PST by scooby321
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To: All

Hopefully Senator Bayh as well.

4 posted on 11/18/2009 4:37:05 AM PST by excalibur1701
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To: Man50D

Just remember that they are democraps first.

5 posted on 11/18/2009 5:12:10 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Man50D

Is Blanche a man or a woman?

6 posted on 11/18/2009 5:19:30 AM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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Is Blanche a man or a woman?

Blanche is a woman.
7 posted on 11/18/2009 5:22:21 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!
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To: Man50D
they're democrats first


8 posted on 11/18/2009 5:24:26 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Man50D
Mrs. Lincoln said Tuesday. “I am responsible to the people of Arkansas, and that is where I will take my direction.”

The ho must be running behind in the current polls for her re-election.

9 posted on 11/18/2009 6:04:49 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Man50D

The blocking is being done in Beijing. They reject the cost and delivered the bad news to Barry this weekend.

10 posted on 11/18/2009 6:19:01 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Man50D

I think Nelson, Lincoln, and Landrieu are all up for reelection...maybe not Landrieu...I think she was reelected right after Katrina, in the 06 midterm.

11 posted on 11/18/2009 6:47:05 AM PST by Christian4Bush (2010 and 2012 cannot get here soon enough.)
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To: scooby321

How surprising would it be for Byrd to get a 2nd wind and stake this monster

12 posted on 11/18/2009 9:03:41 AM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Christian4Bush

Senate contests in 2010

Party column: R is Republican, D is Democrat. Status column: + means running for (re)election, - means retiring.

State Incumbent Party Status Other candidates Last election results[258]
AL Richard Shelby R +[201] Richard Shelby (R) 67.55%
Wayne Sowell (D) 32.35%
AK Lisa Murkowski R +[204] Lisa Murkowski (R) 48.58%
Tony Knowles (D) 45.55%
Marc Millican (I) 2.88%
Jerry Sanders (AKI) 1.23%
Jim Sykes (G) 0.99%
AZ John McCain R +[207] Jim Deakin (R)[208]
Chris Simcox (R)[209]
Rudy Garcia (D)[211]
John McCain (R) 76.74%
Stuart Starky (D) 20.62%
Ernest Hancock (L) 2.64%
AR Blanche Lincoln D +[84] Kim Hendren (R)[86]
Tom Cox (R)[86]
Chris Coleman (R)[86]
Fred Ramey (R)[86]
Conrad Reynolds (R)[86]
Gilbert Baker (R)[86]
Tom Cotton (R)[86]
John Gray (G)[259]
Blanche Lincoln (D) 55.90%
Jim Holt (R) 44.07%
CA Barbara Boxer D +[91] Chuck DeVore (R)[92]
Al Ramirez (R)[93]
Carly Fiorina (R)
Barbara Boxer (D) 57.71%
Bill Jones (R) 37.80%
Marsha J. Feinland (P&F) 2.02%
James P. Gray (L) 1.80%
CO Michael Bennet D +[99] Ken Buck (R)[103]
Ryan Frazier (R)[260]
Cleve Tidwell (R)[106]
Ken Salazar (D) 51.30%
Pete Coors (R) 46.53%
CT Chris Dodd D +[113] Merrick Alpert (D)[261]
Sam Caligiuri (R)[120]
Tom Foley (R)[121]
Rob Simmons (R)[119]
Peter Schiff (R)[262]
Chris Dodd (D) 66.35%
Jack Orchulli (R) 32.13%
DE A Ted Kaufman D -[12] Christine O'Donnell (R)[13] Joe Biden (D) 64.69%
Christine O'Donnell (R) 35.31%
FL George LeMieux R -[51] Bob Coggins (R)[60]
Charlie Crist (R)[53]
Linda Vasquez Littlefield (R)[61]
Gwendolyn McClellan (R)[60]
Marco Rubio (R)[55]
Bob Smith (R)[56]
Marion Thorpe (R)[63]
Tom Walsh (R)[64]
Joe Allen (D)[68]
Tyrone Brown (D)[60]
Kevin Burns (D)[66]
George Lovenguth (D)[67]
Kendrick Meek (D)[65]
Mel Martinez (R) 49.43%
Betty Castor (D) 48.32%
Dennis F. Bradley (V) 2.24%
GA Johnny Isakson R +[263] Johnny Isakson (R) 57.88%
Denise Majette (D) 39.98%
Allen Buckley (L) 2.14%
HI Daniel Inouye D +[127] Daniel Inouye (D) 75.51%
Campbell Cavasso (R) 20.99%
Jim Brewer (I) 2.23%
Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan (L) 1.27%
ID Mike Crapo R Mike Crapo (R) 99.18%
Write-ins 0.82%
IL Roland Burris D -[1] Alexi Giannoulias (D)
David H. Hoffman(D)
Robert Marshall (D)
Jacob Meister (D)
Corey Dabney (D)
Cheryle Jackson (D)
Willie Boyd, Jr. (D)
John Arrington (R)
Mark Kirk (R)
Don Lowery (R)
Andy Martin (R)
Kathleen Thomas (R)
Patrick Hughes (R)
Robert Zadek (R)
Tom Kuna (R)
LeAlan Jones (G)
Michael Labno (L)
Eric Wallace (ind?)
Barack Obama (D) 69.97%
Alan Keyes (R) 27.05%
Albert Franzen (I) 1.58%
Jerry Kohn (L) 1.35%
IN Evan Bayh D Marlin Stutzman (R)[133]
Don Bates, Jr. (R)[135]
Evan Bayh (D) 61.65%
Marvin Scott (R) 37.23%
Albert Barger (L) 1.13%
IA Chuck Grassley R +[219] Bob Krause (D)[222] Chuck Grassley (R) 70.18%
Arthur Small (D) 27.88%
Christy Ann Welty (L) 1.03%
KS Sam Brownback R -[26] Jerry Moran (R)[27]
Todd Tiahrt (R)[28]
Sam Brownback (R) 69.16%
Lee Jones (D) 27.49%
Steven Rosile (L) 1.93%
George Cook (Ref) 1.42%
KY Jim Bunning R -[33] Jack Conway (D)[38]
Daniel Mongiardo (D)[37]
Darlene Fitzgerald Price (D)[37]
Rand Paul (R)[36]
Jim Bunning (R) 50.66%
Daniel Mongiardo (D) 49.34%
LA David Vitter R +[225] Charlie Melancon (D)[229]
Anthony "Tony G" Gentile (L)
David Vitter (R) 51.03%
Chris John (D) 29.34%
John Neely Kennedy (D) 14.92%
Arthur Morrell (D) 2.56%
MD Barbara Mikulski D + Corrogan R. Vaughn (R)
Eric Wargotz (R)[264]
Jim Rutledge (R)
Barbara Mikulski (D) 64.77%
E. J. Pipkin (R) 33.71%
Maria Allwine (G) 1.07%
MA B Paul Kirk D Ted Kennedy (D) 69.5%
Kenneth Chase (R) 30.5%
MO Kit Bond R -[18] Roy Blunt (R)[19]
Robin Carnahan (D)[23]
Kit Bond (R) 56.09%
Nancy Farmer (D) 42.80%
Other 1%
NV Harry Reid D +[142] Robin L. Titus (R)[144]
Mark Amodei (R)[147]
John Chachas (R)[147]
Danny Tarkanian (R)[147]
Harry Reid (D) 61.08%
Richard Ziser (R) 35.14%
None 1.60%
Thomas L. Hurst (L) 1.18%
NH Judd Gregg R -[43] Paul Hodes (D)[44] Judd Gregg (R) 66.18%
Doris Haddock (D) 33.72%
NY Chuck Schumer D + Chuck Schumer (D) 71.16%
Howard Mills (R) 24.24%
Marilyn F. O'Grady (C) 3.30%
NY C Kirsten Gillibrand D +[154] Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) 67.00%
John Spencer (R) 31.01%
Howie Hawkins (G) 1.24%
NC Richard Burr R + John Hendrix (D)[235]
Kenneth Lewis (D)[236]
Richard Burr (R) 51.60%
Erskine Bowles (D) 47.02%
Tom Bailey (L) 1.38%
ND Byron Dorgan D + Duane Sand (R)[161] Byron Dorgan (D) 68.28%
Mike Liffrig (R) 31.72%
OH George Voinovich R -[74] Rob Portman (R)[76]
Jennifer Brunner (D)[78]
Lee Fisher (D)[78]
Thomas Ganley (R)
George Voinovich (R) 63.85%
Eric Fingerhut (D) 36.14%
OK Tom Coburn R +[240] Tom Coburn (R) 52.77%
Brad Carson (D) 41.24%
Sheila Bilyeu (I) 5.99%
OR Ron Wyden D + Pavel Goberman (D)[165] Ron Wyden (D) 63.39%
Al King (R) 31.75%
Teresa Kean (G) 2.42%
Dan Fitzgerald (L) 1.66%
PA Arlen Specter D +[265] Bill Kortz (D)[170]
Joe Sestak (D)[169]
Doris Smith-Ribner (D)[171]
Peg Luksik (R)[176]
Larry Murphy (R)[175]
Pat Toomey (R)[174]
Robert Townsend (R)[177]
Arlen Specter (R) 52.62%
Joe Hoeffel (D) 41.99%
James N. Clymer (C) 3.96%
Betsy Summers (L) 1.43%
SC Jim DeMint R +[243] Jim DeMint (R) 53.67%
Inez Tenenbaum (D) 44.10%
SD John Thune R +[246] John Thune (R) 50.58%
Tom Daschle (D) 49.42%
UT Bob Bennett R +[249] Mark Shurtleff (R)[251] Bob Bennett (R) 68.73%
Paul Van Dam (D) 28.40%
Gary R. Van Horn (C) 1.90%
VT Patrick Leahy D +[180] Cris Ericson (I)[182] Patrick Leahy (D) 70.63%
Jack McMullen (R) 24.54%
Cris Ericson (M) 2.11%
Craig Hill (G) 1.30%
Keith Stern (I) 1.07%
WA Patty Murray D Wayne Glover (R)[266]
Sean Salazar (R)[267]
Scott Johnson (R)[188]
Rod Rieger (R)[190]
Craig Williams (R)[191]
Chris Widener (R)[192]
Clint Didier [193]
Patty Murray (D) 54.98%
George Nethercutt (R) 42.74%
J. Mills (L) 1.21%
Mark B. Wilson (G) 1.08%
WI Russ Feingold D +[196] Rob Taylor (C)
Dave Westlake (R)[197]
Russ Feingold (D) 55.35%
Tim Michels (R) 44.11%

A. Special election due to the resignation of Joe Biden to become Vice President of the United States
B. Special election (to be held in January 2010) due to the death of Ted Kennedy
C. Special election due to the resignation of Hillary Rodham Clinton to become United States Secretary of State

13 posted on 11/18/2009 9:20:35 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen ("All that's necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.")
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