It's getting intense in the Capitol as the phones ring and the Democratic leadership turns up the heat on weak kneed Dems who are threatening to vote no.
The President is schmoozing some and threatening others....While one report says House Speaker Pelosi had Utica Congressman Michael Arcuri pinned to a wall trying to convince him to change....Syracuse Congressman Maffei folded his cards and other members of the NY delegation are getting the word from Union and party bosses that they had best get in line.
There are so many ways the leadership can squeeze these people, it is a virtual certainty the legislation passes.
Meanwhile in Watertown, opponents of the bill gathered in front of Rep. Bill Owens downtown office to register their complaints.
There is also talk of parliamentary gimmicks being used to "deem" the Senate bill as approved with a vote...Such a move could spark a riot among voters.