Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- After rejecting pro-life amendments last week that would have ensured the Baucus health care bill does not fund abortions and to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals, the Senate Finance Committee plans to vote on the legislation later this week.
The vote had been expected as early as Tuesday but the panel's chairman and the sponsor of the measure, pro-abortion Sen. Max Baucus, promised members of the committee that a vote would not occur until it received a financial analysis of the bill from the Congressional Budget Office.
The finance panel is the last of five Congressional committees -- two in the Senate and three in the House -- to approve different health care bills. Each of them, including the Kennedy measure in the Senate and the three versions of HR 3200 in the House, include massive abortion funding and mandates.
Democrats control the Senate Finance Committee on a 13-10 vote and the Baucus bill is expected to mostly receive a party-line vote with a few exceptions. Senator Olympia Snowe, a pro-abortion Maine Republican, could join Democrats in voting for the Baucus measure. Pro-abortion Sens. Ron Wyden and John Rockefeller, of Oregon and West Virginia, have not endorsed the measure because they want the government-run health care option added to it. That would open the Baucus bill up to even more abortion funding. Full story at LifeNews.com