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Congress: The tricky path to 60

Joe Lieberman, who initially indicated support for the Senate health bill compromise, said on Sunday he'd join a Republican-led filibuster to oppose it. "Though I don't know exactly what's in it, from what I hear, I certainly would have a hard time voting for it because it has some of the same infirmities that the public option did. It will add taxpayer costs. It will add to the deficit. It's unnecessary." 

(By the way, Joe Lieberman had to walk several miles to work on Saturday because it was the Sabbath to vote on the omnibus spending measure. Harry Reid kept the vote open an hour longer for Lieberman and Robert Byrd, who's over 90 and in a wheelchair.)

The New York Times: "Senate Democratic leaders, including Mr. Reid and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, said they had been mindful of Mr. Lieberman's concerns in the last 10 days and were surprised when he assailed major provisions of the bill on television Sunday. He reiterated his objections in a private meeting with Mr. Reid. A Senate Democratic aide, perplexed by Mr. Lieberman's stance, said, 'It was a total flip-flop, and leaves us in a predicament as to what to do.'" 

But Lieberman isn't the only one voicing opposition to the compromise. Ben Nelson also appears against it: "I'm concerned that it's the forerunner of single payer, the ultimate single-payer plan, maybe even more directly than the public option," he said on CBS yesterday.

And here's Claire McCaskill… "Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Sunday that she will vote against the latest version of the Senate health care bill if a Congressional Budget Office analysis shows that it either does not reduce health costs or is not deficit neutral," Roll Call writes.

Speaking of Lieberman, the liberal Web site Firedoglake has called on Susan G. Komen for the Cure "to dump Hadassah Lieberman as its 'Global Ambassador' due to her ties to the same healthcare industry that is actively fighting Congressional healthcare reform," per a release. "The group also called on prominent Komen celebrity spokespeople, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Andie MacDowell and Christie Brinkley, to lend support in ousting Lieberman."

"House proponents of comprehensive immigration reform are set to unveil an ambitious bill Tuesday that calls for a pathway to legalization for illegal immigrants, family reunification policies and another push for the controversial AgJOBS program, which would grant temporary immigration status to undocumented farm workers," Roll Call reports. "Some backers of the bill, sponsored by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), readily admit the measure is their ideal version of reform and is not likely to be what ultimately would pass into law. In contrast to their efforts in 2007, when they unsuccessfully pushed a bipartisan package, advocates are kicking off debate this time with a solidly Democratic plan… Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is taking the lead on the issue in the Senate, but his plan is expected to be far less liberal and to include some GOP support. Even though the Senate is likely to move first on the issue, after Schumer unveils his bill early next year, House lawmakers are ready to get the ball rolling now."