Perriello wants promise from Senate on health bill before he'll vote yes
From the Post's 44 blog:
By Ben Pershing
Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello (D) said Friday that he would vote in favor of Democrats' health package this weekend, but only after he gets a promise from the Senate that it will pass "fixes" to the bill designed to make it more palatable to the House.
Perriello spokeswoman Jessica Barba confirmed that Perriello's support for the measure was "conditional on a letter signed by 51 Senators saying they will follow through on reconciliation fixes." Other House Democrats have broached a similar idea, as they fear that they will pass the Senate bill but the Senate will fail to move the subsequent "fixes" bill.
So far, there has been no evidence that such a letter is forthcoming from the Senate, although Democratic leaders in that chamber have done their best to reassure the House that they will be able to get the whole package through.
Perriello voted in favor of the original House bill in November but had been publicly undecided on the final package. He did give reform backers some hope earlier this week when he said that the Senate bill's language on abortion funding was acceptable to him.
Perriello's 5th district -- which stretches south from Charlottesville to the North Carolina border -- is being heavily targeted by Republicans.
March 19, 2010; 3:37 PM ET
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