Congressman Allen Boyd said his attendance at a White House reception Wednesday evening will not affect his vote on President Obama’s health care reform bill.
Boyd was one of 31 Democrats invited to the closed reception, which was billed as an official thank you for supporting "Pay-As-You-Go" legislation. But, ten of the House members, including Boyd, voted against the health care reform bill in November.
President Obama got some one-on-one time with some of Boyd’s ‘Blue Dog Democrat' coalition, although we can't confirm the president spoke directly to the congressman.
NewsChannel 7 attempted several times to contact Congressman Boyd on Thursday; however, he was unavailable. Rather, he released a statement, saying he still wants to see bipartisan ideas in any final health care bill.
Further, he stated he will only vote for a bill that meets fundamental principles, like cutting costs and increasing access. He also claims he wants a bill that does not add to the federal deficit.
Democratic leaders are pushing for a vote within three weeks. The House would have to approve the Senate version of the bill before any reconciliation votes take place.