Whipline

For those of you biting your nails or popping popcorn, here’s the Daily Whipline [pdf], the House Majority Whip’s report on what’s going to happen on the House Floor today. Summary:

  • House convenes at 1 PM with the usual bullshit (prayers and some spouting off.)
  • An hour of debate, and then a vote, on the rule that sets down how the House will debate the Senate amendments to the House bill, and the reconciliation motion. Louise Slaughter will manage this with her ceremonial katana sword while swigging from a bottle of T-bird.
  • Assuming the rule passes, two hours of debate and then a vote on the Senate amendments (HR 3590) and the reconciliation (HR 4872). Steny Hoyer has the honors, and I assume he’ll use his ceremonial bullwhip and distribute a tray of Jell-o shots, pursuant to the rule passed above.

It says the session will go into the “evening”, which I’m sure is an accurate prediction. I’d suggest a good drinking game where you take a shot every time a Republican is ruled out of order, but I don’t want any deaths from alcohol poisoning on my conscience.

Since this document urges all Democrats to vote yes, I assume that some teabagger will equate it to Steny Hoyer pissing on the Constitution in the well of the House, but I fearlessly link to it anyway, in the interest of transparency.

Update: Ezra says the House leadership predicts a vote at 9 PM.






36 replies
  1. 1
    robertdsc says:

    Just once, I wish the procedural vote was straight party line. No Dems showing their cowardice and voting with the GOP animals.

  2. 2
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Can we place bets on who will make the craziest speech? I think Bachmann and King have to be disqualified for obviousness, so my win, place and show will be….

    1) Louis Goehmert (sp?)
    2) Patrick McHenry (been a while since he got any attention)
    3) Virginia Foxx

  3. 3
    freelancer says:

    Louise Slaughter will manage this with her ceremonial katana sword while swigging from a bottle of T-bird.

    We all are Brawndo drinkers now.

    “I got a solution! You’re a dick, South Carolina, wat up?”

  4. 4
    beltane says:

    Too early for the tequila I take it. Since Lousie Slaughter is the one whose office was vandalized by a teabagger, I hope she is full of fire and fury today.

  5. 5
    Joey Maloney says:

    That’s some quality political writing, there. This is why I’m a Juicer.

  6. 6
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Anybody else think Louise Slaughter would, in fact, be a lot of fun to drink with?

    And speaking of whipcounts, does anyone have an idea WTF is going on with Loretta Sanchez?

    * In a bizarre development, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), a Blue Dog who voted for reform in November, blew off work altogether yesterday and went to Florida to do some fundraising. Despite her previous support, Sanchez may or may not vote today, and if she does, the leadership now expects her to switch from “yes” to “no.”

    From Steve Benen. Is this her way of announcing her retirement?

  7. 7

    Even if your rep is a solid yes, call their office and voice your support. They’re no doubt getting hassled by wingnuts, so pump them up and ask them to help with the whip count.

  8. 8
    demo woman says:

    I want to donate to reps who supported the bill tonight also. If all the progressive blogs linked to act blue can you imagine how much we could raise for the reps who passed the damn bill.

  9. 9
    beltane says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: What about Joe Wilson? He has a tradition to uphold.

  10. 10
    me says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Maybe Goehmert will bring another abortion.

  11. 11
    Mike Kay says:

    can’t wait to see Boehner cry

    HJA!

  12. 12
    erikthered says:

    Still crossing my fingers that my Rep, Bill Foster, will vote yes.

  13. 13
    demkat620 says:

    Uh-oh. MSNBC sez Stupak and his 8 are a yes.

    What now, NRO?

  14. 14
    lamh31 says:

    what gonna happen when the Immigration rally today meets the teabaggers? hope the capitol police are able and ready for anything!

    btw, the immigration rally has been scheduled for months.

  15. 15
    Loneoak says:

    C-SPAN says Stupak is a yes now. That’s it. Game over!

  16. 16
    freelancer says:

    @beltane:

    I hope she is full of fire and fury today.

    At her command. She got to keep the devil down in the hole.

  17. 17
    eric says:

    I hope we get to see Barney Frank in all his lisping rhetorical splendor. His political warts notwithstanding, he is quick as a whip and knows how best to dig into the wittle-bittie GOP WTBs.

  18. 18
    Joseph Nobles says:

    God help me, I’ve started hearing Tupac instead of Stupak.

  19. 19
    beltane says:

    @lamh31: The teabaggers will probably run and hide at the sight of so many brown people.

  20. 20
    JGabriel says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I think Bachmann and King have to be disqualified for obviousness, so my win, place and show will be…
    __
    3) Virginia Foxx

    Wait. Bachmann is disqualified for obviousness, but Foxx isn’t?

    Dude, that’s just Calvinball!

    .

  21. 21
    TR says:

    Wait. Bachmann is disqualified for obviousness, but Foxx isn’t?

    Seriously, she’s a ringer for batshit crazy and stupid.

  22. 22
    Joseph Nobles says:

    Foxx is my Most Likely To Weep On The House Floor… wait, what am I saying? Boehner by a river Jordan!

  23. 23

    @Loneoak: Awesome! This is important for so many reasons, not the least of which is this vote needs to clear the bar by more than just a couple inches. The more decisive the vote, the better (read, stronger) the Dems look, which will be important for future legislation. Further more, it’s a lesson to the public at large that people with divergent opinions can actually, you know, agree to disagree yet cooperate for the greater good.

  24. 24
    lamh31 says:

    people aready speculating that the deal will be bad, but I don’t believe that Pelosi would let that happen.

  25. 25
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @JGabriel:

    Dude, that’s just Calvinball!

    Hee. Technically, it’s JimFL-ball. I thought I was gonna get called on Goehmert. I just figure Foxx flies a little lower than MB. I’m guessing al Foxeera gives Bachmann more airtime because of the starburst factor.

  26. 26
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @lamh31: The Stupak deal? I shudder to think. But I can’t imagine he got anything into the actual language of the bill. Probably there will be some sort of signing statement reaffirming Hyde, the ‘baggers and PUMAs will call it a betrayal, the end of Roe, call on HIllary or Dennis or Howard or ? to mount a primary challenge, then JP Stevens will announce his retirement and everybody will get their perspective back.

  27. 27
    gbear says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Can we place bets on who will make the craziest speech?

    Based on these comments to CSPAN, I’ll bet on Devin Nunes, although Bachmann may be hard to top.

  28. 28
    Smiling Mortician says:

    Watching the one-minutes on C-SPAN. The republicans sure are making me askeered of tyranny. Oh, and entitlemented dictatorialisms. Those’re scary too.

  29. 29
    Maude says:

    @Polish the Guillotines: You gonna be here on BJ tonight when the vote is finally taken?

  30. 30
    Moses2317 says:

    We cannot take this victory for granted. We’re in the final stretch here and need to keep the heat on the undecideds on health care reform. Below are their D.C., district, and fax #s. I have left off some district numbers that we know the mailboxes are full on.

    If you cannot get through on the phone, use this free internet fax service – http://faxzero.com/

    Brian Baird – Washington (Vancouver, Olympia) – (202) 225-3536
    Fax # – (202) 225-3478

    Paul Kanjorski – Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Mount Pocono) – 202-225-6511
    District # – 570-496-1011 – they were answering this morning
    Fax # – 202-225-0764

    John Tanner – Tennessee (Union City, Jackson, Millington) – 202-225-4714
    District # – (731) 885-7070
    Fax # – (202) 225-1765

    Earl Pomeroy – North Dakota (Bismarck, Fargo) – (202) 225-2611
    Fax # – (202) 226-0893

    Kathy Dahlkemper – Pennsylvania (Erie) – (202) 225-5406
    Fax # – (202) 225-3103

    Lincoln Davis – Tennessee (Columbia, Jamestown, Rockwood) – 202.225.6831
    District #s – 931.879.2361
    Fax # – 202.226.5172

    Mike Michaud – Maine (Bangor, Lewiston, Presque Isle, Waterville) – 202-225-6306
    District # – 207-942-6935 – 207-782-3704 – 207-764-1036 – 207-873-5713
    Fax # – 202-225-2943

    Steve Driehaus – Ohio (Cincinnati) – (202) 225-2216
    District # – (513) 684-2723
    Fax # – (202) 225-3012

    Stephen Lynch – Massachusetts (Brockton, Boston) – 202-225-8273
    District # – 617-428-2000 – 508-586-5555
    Fax # – 202-225-3984

    Rick Boucher – Virginia (Abingdon, Pulaski, Big Stone Gap) – 202-225-3861
    District # – 276-628-1145 – 540-980-4310 – 276-523-5450
    Fax # – 202-225-0442

    Loretta Sanchez – California (Garden Grove) – (202) 225-2965
    District # – (714) 621-0102
    Fax # – (202) 225-5859

    Dan Lipinski – Illinois (LaGrange, Oak Lawn, Chicago’s southwest side) – (202) 225 – 5701
    District #s – (312) 886 – 0481 – (708) 352 – 0524 – (708) 424 – 0853
    Fax # – (202) 225 – 1012

    Joe Donnelly – Indiana (South Bend, LaPorte, Michigan City, Kokomo) – (202) 225-3915
    District #s – 574.288.2780 – 574-753-2671 – 219.326.6808 ext. 2414 – 219.873.1408 ext. 354
    Fax # – (202) 225-6798

    Marion Berry – Arkansas (Jonesboro, Cabot, Mountain Home) – (202) 225-4076
    District # – (870) 972-4600 – (501) 843-3043 – (870) 425-3510
    Fax # – (202) 225-5602

    Jerry Costello – Illinois (Carbondale, Belleville, E. St. Louis, Granite City, Chester) – (202) 225-5661
    District #s – (618) 233-8026 – (618) 529-3791 – (618) 826-3043 – (618) 397-8833 – (618) 451-7065 – (618) 937-6402
    Fax # – (202) 225-0285

    Nick Rahall – West Virginia (Beckley, Bluefield, Huntington, Logan) – (202) 225-3452
    District #s – (304) 252-5000 – (304) 325-6222 – (304) 522-6425 – (304) 752-4934

    Alan Mollohan – West Virginia (Morgantown, Wheeling, Clarksburg, Parkersburg) – (202) 225-4172
    District #s – (304) 623-4422 – (304) 292-3019 – (304) 428-0493 – (304) 232-5390
    Fax #s – (202) 225-7564

  31. 31
    Snarky Pickles says:

    Spoke to Solomon Ortiz’ (D-TX) office — he was listed earlier as undecided. The staffer told me that they’d been getting lots of ugly calls, but that Rep. Ortiz is a “yes.”

  32. 32
    Snarky Pickles says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    The Stupak deal? I shudder to think. But I can’t imagine he got anything into the actual language of the bill. Probably there will be some sort of signing statement reaffirming Hyde

    Reportedly, that’s what it will be — an executive order reaffirming that Hyde applies to HCR. It’s silly, it’s pointless, and Stupak is a petulant, narcissistic fucktard.

    Abortion services are legal, and they are often medically necessary. They should be available under whatever the funding source. I don’t like Hyde, but it’s the law, and if an executive order saying that “yes, we will follow the law in implementing this reform,” then fine. This is kabuki; what matters is getting the votes.

  33. 33
    Joel says:

    @Joseph Nobles: Not really much difference, to be honest.

  34. 34
    Leelee for Obama says:

    Well, I will have to check in with y’all when I get home tonight, as I have a work-related situation this evening(THANK YOU FSM!!!!). I am watching the proceeding now, and will continue until I have to leave, but keep the home fires burning if I have to leave before the vote, eh?

  35. 35
    Genine says:

    I will definitely be checking in with Balloon Juice throughout the day.

    I think if this bill passes, I’ll burst into tears just like when Obama won. I get all misty just THINKING about it passing. I’ll probably be some sort of body of water if it actually passes.

    The opposition to a bill that will actually help people get the MEDICAL ATTENTION they need, have better access to it makes the mind reel. At least if the bill passes, it’s a step in the right direction.

  36. 36
    Ash Can says:

    Louise Slaughter will manage this with her ceremonial katana sword while swigging from a bottle of T-bird…Steny Hoyer has the honors, and I assume he’ll use his ceremonial bullwhip and distribute a tray of Jell-o shots, pursuant to the rule passed above.

    I hate to think of how much I’d be willing to pay to actually see this.

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