Cantor: No GOP Votes for Democratic Health Bill

Posted November 5, 2009 at 2:32pm

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on Thursday offered his seal of approval to the House Republicans’ health care alternative by saying many of the proposal’s principles would find their way into the Senate amendment process, while House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) virtually guaranteed that no House Republican would vote in favor of the Democratic health care bill.

Kyl, speaking at a news conference with Cantor, said Senate Republicans do not plan to follow the House GOP by offering an alternative bill. Kyl said that unlike the House, Senators can make their mark on the health care reform bill by offering numerous amendments on the floor.

“Republicans in the Senate have looked at the approach of our colleagues in the House and find that it is exactly the same approach that most of us have been talking about for some time,— Kyl said. “We are very pleased that our House colleagues have taken the approach that they have and we hope to work with them to approach it the same way in the Senate.—

Meanwhile, Cantor assured reporters that there were no Republican votes for the Democrats’ health care bill, which is scheduled for a vote on Saturday. Cantor said he is in constant contact with members of his Conference, adding that he is even reaching out to some Democrats.

“I don’t expect to lose any votes out of Republicans in the House,— Cantor said, adding that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would “get no help from us in passing this gargantuan, trillion dollar overhaul.—