Bernie Sanders Opts Out (For Now)
by Charles Lemos, Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 05:23:23 PM EST
Appearing on Fox Business News with Neil Cavuto, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said he's "struggling with this," but he is, as of now, inclined to vote against the healthcare bill as currently structured:
I'm struggling with this. As of this point, I'm not voting for the bill. ... I'm going to do my best to make this bill a better bill, a bill that I can vote for, but I've indicated both to the White House and the Democratic leadership that my vote is not secure at this point. And here is the reason. When the public option was withdrawn, because of Lieberman's action, what I worry about is how do you control escalating health care costs?
More at Think Progress:
While Senator Sanders becomes the first member on the liberal-progressive side of the Democratic caucus to signal his intentions to vote no however qualified, he did not say whether or not he would vote for cloture. It is only folks like Senator Lieberman and Senator Nelson who seek to hold the nation hostage and not permit an up or down vote.
Personally, I see this as a welcomed development. I'd rather have the leadership placate Bernie than appease Joe.