- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, said Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is positioned to get enough votes to pass health care reform by Sunday.

“That’s an eternity for her to turn the screws, put the hammer down for another 10 votes,” she said on The Washington Times’ “America’s Morning News” radio show.

Mrs. Bachmann said Mrs. Pelosi, other leaders of the Democrat-controlled Congress and President Obama, who initiated the reform, also have used a sugar-and-spice approach to getting the minimum 216 House votes.

She repeated claims that Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, is threatening to file ethics complaints against Rep. Bart Stupak, Michigan Democrat, who does not support the legislation over concerns about abortion funding.

Mrs. Bachmann also cited Mr. Obama’s giving Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, a ride on the presidential jet to a rally near Cleveland on Monday.

“To think that health care freedom could be sold down the river for a ride on Air Force One,” she said. “I think that’s really disgusting to the American people.”

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