Published on
by
Talking Points Memo

Grijalva: Vast Majority of House Progressives Not Prepared to 'Surrender' on Public Option

by
Brian Beutler

A key House liberal, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), co-chair of the
Congressional Progressive Caucus, says that a vast majority of House
liberals aren't about to agree to another compromise on the public
option.

"The vast majority of CPC is not prepared to wave a white flag on public option," Grijalva told Greg Sargent. "A trigger would be a surrender."

As Greg notes, a vast majority of the 60-or-so members who vowed to
oppose a bill without a public option would still be enough to ensure
that the bill did not pass.

By way of contrast, House Majority leader Steny Hoyer says the public option might have to go. And a knowledgeable House aide tells me that many progressives are looking at other ways to achieve "real reform."

As before, House leaders can only lose 38 votes within the Democratic caucus if a bill is going to pass.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do.

Share This Article

More in: