UPDATE: Childers to vote No on health care

By Patsy Brumfield/Daily Journal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, of Booneville said he’ll vote “no” on the Democratic health care bill, although he says he still wants reform.

For details read Friday’s NEMS Daily Journal.

Click here for U.S. Rep. Travis Childers full statement.

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EARLIER TODAY: Childers’ vote hints at final stance on health care?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, D-Booneville, voted no Thursday against setting aside a resolution that would have required an up-or-down tally on the Senate health bill.

He voted for the losing side.

The resolution passed 222-203 and halted a Republican effort to block Democrats’ preferred method for getting a reform measure through the chamber.

Childers may make a statement later today about his stance on the health care reform bill. Previously, he’s not said how he intends to vote and has been under considerable pressure both ways from conservative constituent groups and party leaders.

The resolution by Dem-turned-GOP Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama would have prevented Democrats from using a “deem and pass” strategy to approve the Senate measure.

Under this scenario, the House would “deem” the Senate bill passed when the chamber approves the rule governing debate for health care, and then would vote on a package of “fixes” to the Senate bill negotiated between the two chambers.

Technically, the House voted Thursday for “the previous question” – in favor of proceeding to a rule vote for the day’s calendar of bills. A vote against the previous question was a vote in support of bringing Griffith’s resolution up for its own roll call.

Though Democratic leaders urged their members to stick together, 28 Dems joined every Republican present in voting to bring up Griffith’s resolution.

Voting with Childers against the resolution were Mississippi congressmen Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis, and Gregg Harper, R-Brandon .

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Bolton, voted with the majority.