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Grijalva Says The Senate Public Option Compromise Is A Non-Starter

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At her press conference this morning, I asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi how much of a chance there is that the Senate will "ping pong" its bill over to the House. Her response was emphatic, but not definitive. "Not much," she answered. "We would like to see a full conference." But she didn't rule it out entirely.

Grijalva says if he and other House progressives are faced with a straight vote on the Senate bill, they'll likely defect. "It would be very difficult, if not impossible, to vote yes."

That said, Grijalva says he's going to wait and see the explicit details of the compromise, and read what the CBO has to say about it, before taking any concrete steps, including whipping votes.

After all, maybe the CBO will come back with a surprising report. "That consideration's always there--a member said 'if you don't want to call it a public option in the Senate, [but if it does what the public option does] we'd consider that,'" Grijalva said. "But are we ready to count heads on whether you're a no vote or a yes vote...at this point it would probably be premature."

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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