Senate votes against Stupakifying its health care bill
The Senate just rejected Ben Nelson's Stupak-like amendment. The vote to table was 54 to 45, with Conrad, Pryor, Nelson, Casey, Dorgan and Bayh voting against tabling. Although that's the end for this amendment, Nelson's vote is important enough to the final bill that he could work out a pretty noxious "compromise." Unless, that is, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins decide against letting him do that. Both are abortion rights supporters, and either can cancel Nelson out. So the question, I guess, is whether Nelson is more anti-abortion than Maine's senators are pro-rights.
Speaking of which, the Senate these days is a lot more pro-rights than the House. I'm curious whether that's a new development or a long-standing dynamic. Anyone know?
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