Hoyer contradicts Pelosi, saying abortion is ‘serious issue’ in health care debate

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that the objections of a dozen House Democrats to the health-care bill over funding for abortion are “serious” and need to be resolved, contradicting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has dismissed the issue.

“It is a serious issue that confronts the Congress,” Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said in his weekly off-camera session with print reporters at the Capitol.

“It has to be resolved,” Hoyer said, declining to specify how that might happen.

Hoyer said Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat who is the ringleader of about a dozen pro-life Democrats, has asked to speak with him about how to resolve the disagreement.

“We will talk,” Hoyer said.

The majority leader’s tone was far different than that of Pelosi, the California Democrat who has been clearly displeased on at least two occasions when asked publicly about the recalcitrant members of her caucus.

“Let me say this. This is not about abortion,” Pelosi said last week at her weekly press conference. “There is no federally funded abortion. That is the law of the land. It is not changed in this bill.”

Stupak and his fellow pro-life Democrats disagree, arguing that the ability to use federal subsidies towards the purchase of health-care plans that cover abortion is using federal funds to pay for abortion.

Stupak, in Michigan on Monday, sounded a more positive note than he did last week, saying that he was “more optimistic” this week about resolving the issue.

“Is there some language that we can agree on that hits both points — we don’t restrict, we don’t expand abortion rights? I think we can get there,” he said.

The problem is how to do so procedurally. There appears to be no way to change the language in the Senate bill, even through reconciliation.

And to pass a separate piece of legislation in the Senate changing it, separate from the reconciliation fix, would require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, which the Democrats do not have.

Hoyer said that the problem “will be resolved one way or the other.”

  • erick1740

    Each one is dumber than the other, I am just not sure in what order.

  • godgnsguts

    I’d say let’s use their beliefs against them, I mean, how old is she? Like a hundred and forty three? She’s ok with LATE abortion right? I’d say she’s a good late abortion candidate

  • votersofny

    Did anyone hear Pelosi say “we have to pass the bill so you can see what’s inside it”? Is she crazy or what. Sad thing is, those retards in San Francisco will probably reelect this dimwit.

  • scorpioman
    • windrdr

      Irrelevant. Or at least the basis for a judicial food fight over which legislative intent takes precedence. With such lemming like insights, Nan could probably use somebody like you – I hear there’s a vacant seat in New York. Go for it! And be sure to keep us updated on how all that works out for ya.

    • desmo1121

      Actually it expires every year and has to be renewed in appropriations. The healthbill will allow access to Federal funds to abortions. That has been the whole argument if you pay attention… Pelosi Jr.

    • thephranc

      Thats sweet of you. If only you knew what was in the bill. Other then the abortion surcharge it is written so federal funds can go to subsidize and pay for insurance plans that cover abortion as an elective surgery. If a woman has one of those plans and gets an abortion it is paid for in full or in part by federal funds.

      I’m all for choice. I’d chose not to. I’d also like to chose weather I pay for some one else’s. Federal funding for abortion is in the bill and it is wrong.

  • rick013

    Remember this about the dimrats:

    When her socialist party took control of the House, future Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged, “The Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.”

    Wow, has that ever happened? Not yet.

    • thephranc

      She also promised to lower gas prices. I think gas was $2.10 at that time.

      • thebigodoopedu2

        It’s gone up to 2.75 here from 2.30 nearly over night

  • hurtzallot

    desmo1121 hang in there you’ll get used to it – nothing that dolt says amazes me anymore.

  • hurtzallot

    These freaking radicals are going to cause a revolution….you watch.

  • desmo1121

    This sound just like Pelosi and her ideology.

    They have been hanging themselves for the past year… with their arrogance they will do it again. Is this where the saying “Ignorance is Bliss” came from?

    Keep screwing yourselves.. America is counting on you to screw up and not get the votes!

  • tomdoff

    This is silly. The way to resolve the abortion issue is to set-up a Stimulus Program to fund the Catholic and other church’s ‘Abstinence Only’ programs. It’s just common sense. Once everyone stops f**king, no need for abortions. ‘Course, there will still be the CrazyChristianEvangelical FundamentalistBornAgainBoob RapturistCreationists to deal with. BUT…there should be less of them. I mean, they are caused by f**king, too. Aren’t they?

    • desmo1121

      Your ignorance just amazes me! How anybody could come up with thus stuff is beyond me. Does it come naturally or do you have to work at it?

    • grayzel

      You sure know how to use sarcasm to make a fool of yourself.

    • patrick

      tom. pay for your own abortion. pay for your own health insurance. its pretty simple

      • thebigodoopedu2

        I don’t read Tom’s post I just check the red box and move on…I have never seen that man say anything intelligent.