Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.), a key supporter of Rep. Bart Stupaks (D-Mich.) anti-abortion language intended for the health care bill, said Tuesday night that hes satisfied the Senate abortion language prohibits federal funding of abortions and will likely vote for the bill.
I think the Senate language keeps the purpose of the Hyde amendment, Kildee told reporters. Ill probably vote for it.
Kildees conversion undermines the position of Stupak, his fellow Michigan Democrat who has been demanding changes to the Senate bill.
House Democratic leadership aides have predicted that they could perhaps cut the losses from Stupaks coalition to a handful instead of the 10 or more Members he says will vote to bring down the Senate health care bill unless their demands are met.
The Senate bill requires people to pay for the abortion portion of their insurance with their own money using separate checks. The Stupak language would prohibit insurance plans paid for in part with federal subsidies from offering abortion coverage. Stupak considers the Senate language to be inadequate because the insurance would not be affordable without federal aid.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.