Cantwell Joins Rockefeller. Can Baucus Bill Clear Committee?

Bill Scher

Senate Finance Committee member Maria Cantwell said she won’t vote for a bill without a public option, such as the Baucus bill. She said to McClatchy Newspapers, “I wouldn’t vote for a bill that doesn’t have Medicare reform and the public option. What would I tell the people in Washington state?”

After Sen. Jay Rockefeller, that makes two Democratic members on the Senate Finance Committee who have pledged to vote against the Baucus bill as drafted.

And if Baucus cannot get a Republican vote, and Cantwell and Rockefeller stand firm, that leaves him one vote short of the 12 needed for a Senate Finance Committee majority.

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