Arkansas Vets Coalition

Veterans, Reserves and Active Duty from all parts of Arkansas and across the nation, coming together to support those persons who best exemplify the principles on which our nation was founded - Fiscal Responsibility, Independent & self-sustaining, Freedoms GUARANTEED by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, serving our country not for personal gain but for the common good!!
WE are dedicated to making a difference once more.
We have served in all branches of military beginning with the Revolutionary WAR and continuing in every conflict to include more recently from beaches of Normandy, in jungles of SE Asia, to conflicts in Bosnia, Somalia, The Gulf War, Iraqi Freedom, all through the Cold War Period of 1945 - 1991, dedicating our lives to fighting terrorism in both Afghanistan and Iraq,
we now arise to serve again, fighting to reclaim our country and the principals upon which is was founded!!.


18 November 2009

Centrist Dem holdouts sit down with Reid - More Trouble for Blanche Lincoln

Centrist Dem holdouts sit down with Reid

By Jeffrey Young - 11/18/09 03:03 PM ET
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) met on Wednesday with centrist Democrats, hoping to end a standoff that has kept the Senate from debating healthcare reform.

Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.) strode together into Reid's Capitol office at the majority leader's invitation to get an early look at the legislation.

Reid has been working hard, with the help of other Democrats and the White House, to secure their support for a critical test vote needed to call up the healthcare reform legislation. The vote could take place as early as Saturday before lawmakers depart for the weeklong Thanksgiving recess.

The meeting between Reid and the centrists has special urgency because the Democratic leader plans Wednesday to finally unveil the version of the healthcare reform bill — and its Congressional Budget Office cost estimate — that the Senate will debate after the break.

So far, Landrieu, Lincoln and Nelson have refused to commit to supporting the motion to proceed, which requires 60 votes to be approved. Republicans are unanimous in their opposition, so Reid needs every member of his conference to vote in favor.

"We're still counting, Harry's still counting, and that's all I can say," Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said prior to Reid's meeting with the centrists.

In the hours before Reid will brief all Senate Democrats, the Democratic leadership is getting an assist at shoring up support for the effort from the Obama administration and other allies.

Vice President Joe Biden, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (a former senator from Colorado) and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) conferred with Reid in the morning and are engaged in an effort to bring aboard reluctant Democrats.

Reid could take formal steps Thursday to set up the critical Saturday vote, but the timing remains in flux. The Senate could remain in session into next week or depart without advancing the healthcare bill.

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