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Hoyer says the bill will pass


WASHINGTON (AP) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says

Democrats will have the 216 votes needed to pass health care reform

when it comes to the floor for a vote.

The Maryland Democrat predicts that the bill, President Barack

Obama's signature domestic policy, will pass on Sunday because the

majority of Americans want it.

But House Republican leader John Boehner says the Democrats have

yet to lock in the 216 votes required for passage. The Ohio

Republican says the plan is a government takeover opposed by the

vast majority of Americans.

The House leaders condemned the racial taunts hurled at congressmen during protests

on Capitol Hill on Saturday. House Democratic leaders are predicting the

health care bill will get at least the 216 votes it needs to pass

later today, even though they're still nailing down commitments.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told NBC's "Meet the Press"

that some members are still "trying to make up their minds."

The Democrats' vote-counting whip in the House, James Clyburn of

South Carolina, says some of the undecideds want greater assurances

that no federal money would be used for elective abortions.

Democrats have raised the possiblilty that those concerns could

be alleviated if President Barack Obama issued an executive order

reiterating long-standing law barring federal aid for abortions

except in cases of rape, incest and a threat to the life of the

mother. Clyburn says more will be known about that possibility by

this afternoon.

One Democrat who had been concerned about the abortion issue,

Ohio's Marcy Kaptur, says she has decided to vote for the bill. She

says she's convinced it will maintain existing law on abortion.

Jerry Bodlander

Top Democrats are voicing confidence they have the votes to pass

the health care reform bill. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander


House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer says he's confident of

enough votes for the health care bill to pass.

 The leader of a key bloc of anti-abortion

House Democrats says he's hopeful of an agreement that would allow

him to vote for the health care bill.

Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan says he and a half-dozen

other abortion opponents worked Saturday night with House leaders

to craft a presidential executive order affirming current law

barring federal funding for abortions.

But with the critical vote coming Sunday, Stupak tells MSNBC the

issue is still not finalized, and unless it is, he and others will

vote "no."

Stupak wants a separate vote on anti-abortion provisions, but

House leaders are looking to skirt that controversy with an

executive order instead.

Stupak ally Marcy Kaptur of Ohio says she will support the

health bill.





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