Work or Play? Two Lawmakers Skip Out on Meeting
Discouraged House Democrats are meeting to discuss health care negotiations with the Senate. But at least two members will be absent from that meeting.
As members left the House chamber for the first and last vote of the day to bring in the second session of the 111th Congress, I chatted with Representative David Wu (D-OR) about the unimportant issue of brutally long plane flights. (I just took one last month.)
As we spoke, out walked a casually dressed Representative Gene Taylor (D- Miss). He and Rep. Wu had plans to see WAR, the legendary long-running funk band most popular in the 1970s, at the Birchmere in Northern Virginia this evening. Rep. Wu told me about their plans and Rep. Taylor chimed in. Taylor said he would rather go see WAR than go to a Democratic Caucus meeting “to be persuaded to vote for a bill I’m not going to support.”
Rep. Taylor is a conservative Democrat from a conservative district and a member of the Blue Dog Democrats. He was one of 39 Democrats who voted against health care reform in November.
Rep. Wu, an Oregon liberal, is likely to support the final bill.
As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi huddles her visibly frustrated Democratic colleagues in a room to hash out how to maneuver negotiations with the Senate on health care reform, Wu and Taylor, an unlikely duo, will likely be grooving to “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We be Friends.”
For these two lawmakers, an evening out beat out politics, for one night anyway.
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