Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, the only Republican on the Finance Committee who was even considering voting for the health care bill, announced a few minutes ago that she will indeed, reluctantly, vote for the version now moving through that committee because “when history calls, history calls.”
It is a pitiful crumb of bipartisanship, and doesn’t affect the outcome of the committee vote, only the score. It might be more important later on a cloture vote, but that depends on many factors still to come. I hope Dems will not take this as an excuse to start calling the bill “bipartisan.”
Here’s the NYTimes coverage of the morning’s committee action.
MID-AFTERNOON UPDATE: The bill has now passed out of the committee, 14-9, with all committee Dems, plus Sen. Snowe, voting aye. All Repubs, minus, Snowe: Nay. More.