“We are moving towards 60,” Durbin continued. “We think we will have it by next week.”
Durbin didn’t directly shrug off Burris’s statements claiming he wouldn’t vote for a Senate health bill if it doesn’t include a public option, but said concessions are going to be made for numerous politicians.
“If you don't have 60, you're empty-handed,” Durbin, the Senate Majority Whip, said. “In this case, we need to find a way to get to 60 votes, and that means accommodating and making concessions on a lot of issues we'd rather not make concessions on.”
Most of those concessions are going to appease Senator Joseph Lieberman, but some may be going Burris’s way, too.