Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Mich, responded sharply to White House officials touting a letter representing 59,000nuns that was sent to lawmakers urging them to pass the health care bill.
The conservative Democrat dismissed the action by the White House saying, "When I'm drafting right to life language, I don't call up the nuns." He says he instead confers with other groups including "leading bishops, Focus on the Family, and The National Right to Life Committee."
Stupak also maintains that he still has a solid group of 12 House Democrats who will go along with him and vote against the reconciliation package if there isn't a ban on taxpayer-funded abortion.
He met with them Tuesday and said the White House has not successfully peeled off any of them.
The Michigan lawmakers carries the list of the 12 lawmakers allied with him in his pocket, "K Street thinks they know who is on the list. They don't. There are some surprises on there."