Turn out the lights...

Speaker Pelosi says the votes for the Senate bill just aren't there.

"I don't see the votes for it at this time. The members have been very clear in our caucus about the fact that they didn't like it before it had the Nebraska provision and some of the other provisions that are unpalatable to them."In every meeting that we have had, there would be nothing to give me any thought that that bill could pass right now the way that it is," she said. "There isn't a market right now for proceeding with the full bill unless some big changes are made."There's a recognition that there's a foundation in that bill that's important. So one way or another those areas of agreement that we have will have to be advanced, whether it's by passing the Senate bill with any changes that can be made, or just taking [pieces of it]."We have to get a bill passed -- we know that. That's a predicate that we all subscribe to."

Good luck with that. Josh Marshall laments: "Would have been nice to know back in January they didn't have the fortitude for this."

Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015. 

Also by this author
Theology Issue, now online.

Please email comments to [email protected] and join the conversation on our Facebook page.

Must Reads

Politics
Religion
Culture