Another Blow to Dems; GOP Rep Will Delay Retirement to Vote Against Obamacare (Update)
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) today announced that he will delay his retirement so that he can vote against the Democrat’s bill to nationalize the health care industry.
David Freddoso at the The Washington Examiner reported:
Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., is staying in Congress a bit longer, to vote against ObamaCare, his office tells The Examiner. Deal had announced earlier this week that he would step down next Monday to pursue his gubernatorial run full-time. His departure from the House would have allowed President Obama’s health care reform measure to pass with as few as 216 votes.
Deal’s decision means there will be at most 432 sitting House members when Obama’s health reform measure reaches the floor. The vacancies are in the seats of deceased Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa. and retired Reps. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii and Robert Wexler, D-Fla.
His written statement says he made the decision at the urging of Republican Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.
UPDATE: Two more House democrats may switch their vote and will vote against Obamacare.