Reform debate open thread

REFORM DEBATE OPEN THREAD…. We’re still in for a pretty interesting night on the House floor. Fairly soon, we’ll get a vote on the Stupak abortion-related amendment, a vote on the Republican “alternative,” and, of course, a vote on reform legislation itself.

As of about an hour ago, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic leadership were confident that they have the votes necessary to pass the bill. “We have the votes,” a senior Democratic aide said.

The House Republican whip operation claims to have 34 Dems in opposition, but a) their count isn’t entirely reliable; and b) 34 isn’t enough to defeat the bill.

The final hours leading up to a major vote like this one are often the most contentious, and unfortunately, the most unpredictable. I thought I’d put up this open thread for those waiting up for the final tally. And you can watch the proceedings with the video below.

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