Durbin Statement on Senator Lincoln

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued the following statement today following press reports that imply that Sen. Blanche Lincoln has disclosed to Senate Leadership how she intends to vote on the motion to proceed to invoke cloture on the Senate health reform bill:


“In a conversation with reporters earlier today, some of my remarks regarding Senator Lincoln were unclear and have been incorrectly interpreted.


Let me be clear: Senator Lincoln has had a number of conversations with Sen. Reid about the health care reform legislation. She has asked important questions and there has been a positive and healthy give and take.


But Sen. Lincoln has not yet signaled her intention as to how she will vote on tomorrow’s cloture motion. I have worked with Sen. Lincoln for years and know that she will reach a decision that is best for her constituents, her state and the nation.”