In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Engel Declares Himself A Yes


"Upon reviewing the bill, I am satisfied the bill has moved a great deal toward the House bill in terms of compensating my state and doing the right thing for health care," he said. "So I determined this morning, and this is the first time I'm announcing it, I will vote for the bill."

The congressman suggested yesterday morning that he was happy with the Medicaid language in the reconciliation bill, but wouldn't commit to a yes vote until he saw the language.

After his announcement, Engel told TPMDC's Brian Beutler that he'll try to whip some of his colleagues.

"I will be speaking to some other member who are also undecided," Engel said. He also said he has not yet spoken to Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-NY), who is reportedly leaning against voting for the bill.