From NBC's Mike Viqueira, Luke Russert, and Tracy Kennedy
Abortion is turning out to be the enormous struggle that we thought it might.
There is discussion now with Bart Stupak about the possibility of having the president issue an executive order on how abortion procedures would be covered for those recieving government subsidies on the insurance exchange.
They wouldn't even be considering this if they weren't short votes. IF it were to happen, the pro-choice members are bound to be very upset. (They are led by Degette and Lowey).
If they can somehow do this without Stupak and his group, they will certainly do so.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told a crowd of reporters that there will be no additional abortion bill or abortion language on the floor to placate Stupak (D-MI).
This seems to suggest she can go forward without his support and that of his gang.
"Thirty hours from now we will all be free as birds," she said.
Anything for abortion and Stupak?
"The bill is the bill," she said. "We have an agreement with the Senate that this is what we are passing in both houses."
She added that an executive order from the president dealing with abortion is a "possibility."
Pro-abortion-rights member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said that if there were to be Stupak language in the bill, then there are at least 50 members who wouldn't vote for it. She added that the Stupak legislation will not be voted on. It won't be in the legislation. There is no deal with Stupak, she reiterated. She wants to see the language of an executive order, but she has every confidence that the president is pro-abortion rights and Will see what he has to say this afternoon.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also weighed in saying, "I don't know the answer to that question," of whether there will be an executive order. "I don't know where they stand. You obviously know there is a discussion about an executive order, where it stands I don't know."
Asked if anti-abortion-rights members would be responsive to an executive order, Hoyer said, "I am hopeful."