Lieberman will not filibuster the Senate bill
by Georgeo57, Mon Nov 09, 2009 at 07:32:51 AM EST
There's been talk in the media that the Senate will not pass a health care bill because Lieberman has vowed to filibuster any bill with a public option. But the Senate bill does not have to include a public option for President Obama to sign a bill including the public option into law.
It's my understanding that the Senate can vote on its version of the bill without including a public option (so that Lieberman won't filibuster). After it passes and the House and Senate versions are combined in committee, the public option can be included before the bill goes to President Obama for signing.
That's my understanding of how it works, so the Lieberman threat seems inconsequential.