Liveblogging the Health Care Summit

February 25, 2010

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5:21 update: Video of the Pelosi remarks can be found here.

Speaker Pelosi: “I think it’s really important to note, though, and i want the record to show, because two statements were made here that were not factual in relationship to these bills. my colleague, Leader Boehner, the law of the land is there is no public funding of abortion and there is no public funding of abortion in these bills and I don’t want our listeners or viewers to get the wrong impression from what you said.”

Information that seems to contradict the Speaker can be found here.

5:05 update: Later in the afternoon, Speaker Nancy Pelosi took issue with Boehner’s remarks. She said, “I don’t want our listeners or viewers to get the wrong impression” when it comes to abortion funding. “Mr. Boehner, the law of the land is that there is no public funding of abortions and there is no public funding of abortions in this bill,” Pelosi says.

4:15 update: Video of Boehner’s comments are here.

Boehner’s remarks:

“Let me just make one other point. For 30 years, we’ve had a federal law that says that we’re not going to have taxpayer funding of abortions. We have had this debate in the House. It was a very serious debate. But in the House, the House spoke. The House upheld the language we have had in law for 30 years that there will be no taxpayer funding of abortions. This bill that we have before us, and there was no reference to the issue in your outline, Mr. President, begins for the first time in 30 years allows the taxpayer funding of abortion.”

3:30 update: Republican Leader John Boehner raised the issue of abortion funding a few minutes ago by pointing out the current law (the Hyde Amendment) prohibited federal funding of abortion for the past 30 years. Boehner also pointed out the President’s proposal does not address the issue. The President didn’t address Boehner’s points in his response and no other attendee has replied yet.

2:35 update: Still no discussion of Life issues.

2:00 p.m. update: The summit is about to reconvene after the break for lunch and a House floor vote.

12:57: The President calls a break so House members can leave for a vote. Abortion and conscience don’t appear to be in the upcoming topics either.

12:35 p.m.: Secretary Sebelius speaking now. Still no mention of rights conscience or abortion funding issues.

11:29 a.m. update: Sen. Baucus is speaking now – still no mention of abortion or conscience issues. We’re providing a list of attendees for your information:
Senators
Harry Reid, D-Nev., majority leader
Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., minority leader
Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill.
Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
Max Baucus, D-Mont.
Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa
Tom Harkin, D-Iowa
Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo.
Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn.
Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.
Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va.
Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
John McCain, R-Ariz.

Represenatives
Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaker
Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., majority leader
John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, minority leader
James E. Clyburn, D-S.C.
Eric Cantor, R-Va.
Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y.
Dave Camp, R-Mich.
Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif.
Joe L. Barton, R-Texas
George Miller, D-Calif.
John Kline, R-Minn.
John D. Dingell, D-Mich.
Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.
Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y.
Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J.
Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.
Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.
Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
Charles Boustany Jr., R-La.
Peter Roskam, R-Ill.

11:03 a.m.: For more detailed coverage, check out The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room. We will continue to make periodic updates here about whether the confereees bring up abortion coverage and funding or conscience issues.

10:36 a.m.: No mention of the Life issue or abortion by anyone as of yet. Speaker Pelosi speaking now.

10:21 a.m. update: Sen. McConnell introduces Sen. Alexander to make introductory remarks for the Republicans.

10:05 a.m. update: The President is entering the room and shaking hands and talking to people there for the meeting. The meeting is about to get underway.


Earlier today, we previewed today’s health care summit. We will be liveblogging any updates on the Life issue via this post throughout the day. The summit starts at 10 a.m. EST and runs through 4 p.m.

You can just continue to return to this blog post and refresh or reload your browser to see the latest updates.

To watch the summit live, tune to C-SPAN 3 at 9:45 or click here to watch their live stream online.

While you listen or watch, be sure to keep up with the six topics we asked the summit attendees to bring up during the meeting.

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