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McCASKILL CALLS FOR C-SPAN MONITORED REFORM NEGOTIATIONS

Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who usually backs the Obama administration on everything, has called for an end to the Obama-Reid C-SPAN blackout.

She also backs open health reform negotiations in the conference committee format that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi want to circumvent. Here’s an excerpt from her statement:

As I said to Channel 4 in St. Louis on Monday, it’s my opinion that we should open up any further negotiations between the House and the Senate to C-SPAN so the public can watch. I believe that the best way for these negotiations to occur is through the conference committee process, and I have communicated my opinion to the leadership of my party in the Senate.

For audio of Sen. McCaskill’s comments: http://www.healthcarebs.com/2010/01/09/mccaskill-comes-out-in-favor-of-c-span/

Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska’s political deal from the federal health care reform bill or face legal action, according to a letter provided to The Associated Press Wednesday.

“We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed,” South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and the 12 other attorneys general wrote in the letter to be sent Wednesday night to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“As chief legal officers of our states we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision,” they wrote.

In a rare Christmas Eve vote, Senate Democrats pushed sweeping health care legislation to the brink of Senate passage, crushing a year-end Republican filibuster against President Barack Obama’s call to remake the nation’s health care system. The 60-39 vote marked the third time in as many days Democrats posted a supermajority needed to advance the legislation.

The letter was signed by top prosecutors in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington state. All are Republicans, and McMaster and the attorneys general of Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania are running for governor in their respective states.

For full article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091231/ap_on_re_us/us_health_care_deal_states

     In a few short hours, the Senate will convene, the roll will be called, and Sen. Harry Reid, flanked by the likes of Dodd, Schumer, and Durbin, will proclaim a “historic” moment in history as the Seante passes its version of ObamaCare, a travesty against the American pubic who have overwhelmingly rebuked it. The tears will be shed and the voices will be choked as the name of the blessed saint of healthcare, St. Ted of Kennedy, is invoked over and over again, ad nauseum. They will then disappear into the nethers of the holiday season that Reid used as his scare tactic.

      Amidst this backdrop, with the bribes for votes for the “must do now” legislation, Nelson’s folly and Landrieu’s Louisiana Purchase (to name just a few), we will see that among our elected officials no leader has emerged. There will be no one Senator on the Democrtas’ side that shows the “profile of courage” that would place him or her among the ranks of great leaders. There will not be a Jefferson or a Lincoln among them. No Rosa Parks will sit down and force Harry Reid to stop this insane process. There will be no leader of conviction, no Wilberforce among these cowards.

       Our healthcare system needs reform, of that there is not a doubt. But it does not require us to forsake our freedoms, our blood-earned liberties, to do that reform. It would take the brave words of one Democrat at 7am, this Christmas Eve, to save us from the battle that will lie ahead in the coming weeks on Capitol Hill. Is there just one leader among the 60 Democrats?

WASHINGTON – Freshman Democratic House member Parker Griffith of Alabama is switching to the Republican Party, his office said Tuesday, another blow to Democrats facing a potentially tough midterm election.

Griffith, 67, was narrowly elected last year from a region of northern Alabama that includes Huntsville and Decatur. President Barack Obama lost the district badly to Republican John McCain.

Griffith, a radiation oncologist, had accumulated one of the most conservative voting records of any House Democrat. He was one of seven Democrats to oppose Obama’s economic stimulus measure early this year.

He was one of 39 House Democrats who voted against a major health care bill that narrowly passed. He also voted against an anti-global warming bill pushed strongly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Democrats will hold 257 House seats to the GOP’s 178 after Griffith’s switch.

For article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091222/ap_on_go_co/us_congress_party_switch;_ylt=AhS7wFwSwUQ1wppwiHbtUf2s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNzZ2o1cnMyBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMjIyL3VzX2NvbmdyZXNzX3BhcnR5X3N3aXRjaARjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzYEcG9zAzMEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2tlBHNlYwN5bl9oZWFkbGluZV9saXN0BHNsawNvZmZpY2lhbHNob3U

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today barred Republican members of the congressional delegation to Copenhagen for the U.N. “climate change” conference from participation in the official congressional press conference at Bella Center.  Sources at the event told HUMAN EVENTS that Republicans were not initially informed of the event then were subsequently barred from participation.  The Bella Center is the base for the U.S. Delegation in Copenhagen.

Around 3:45 pm local time today, Republican members of Congress and their staffs were rounded up for transport back to their hotels on busses just as the press conference began.  They were not allowed to hold their own press conference.

Displaying more of the same type of “Climategate” behavior that has caused worldwide skepticism over the authenticity of the claims behind the anthropogenic global warming “science,” Pelosi is barring dissenting views in Congress from access to the worldwide press in Copenhagen.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=34884

Senate Democrats on Verge of Deal

 

Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)

Tuesday, December 15th at 9:06AM EST

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Don’t believe everything you hear. The Senate Democrats are not on the verge of a collapse. They are on the verge of compromising every single thing they want just so they can get a “health care reform” bill passed.

Here’s what I’m being told:

The Democrats have given Joe Lieberman everything he wanted. Joe will now vote for the bill.

Ben Nelson (D-NE) is being threatened with having every major military installation in Nebraska shut down. Yes, I know, but the Democrats are playing for keeps on this and health care “reform” is more important to them than the military.

Liberals are being told they have to accept this to given them any credibility going into next year’s election. They don’t want to be accused of “killing reform.”

See full RedState post: http://www.redstate.com/erick/2009/12/15/senate-democrats-on-verge-of-deal/

It is time to put the Senate and the House on notice— we will NOT be shafted by this massive power grab, no matter how you cut it!!!!

from USA Today:

Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2010.

“When I was elected, I was the youngest member of the Tennessee congressional delegation; now, I’m one of the oldest.  In fact, I have members of my staff who weren’t even born when I took office.  That tells me it’s time for a new chapter,” said Gordon in a written statement. 

First elected to office in 1984, the 60-year-old Democrat is the most senior member of Tennessee’s congressional delegation. 

“Turning 60 has led me to re-evaluate what’s next. I have an 8-year-old daughter and a wonderful wife who has a very demanding job,” he said. “I am the only child of my 83-year-old mother, Margaret.  They have made sacrifices to allow me to do what I love by serving in Congress, and now it’s my turn,” he said.

The GOP is seeing Gordon’s retirement as an addition to the growing list of retiring and resigning Democrats.

“After being forced to toe the line for Nancy Pelosi’s reckless agenda too many times, Blue Dog Democrats would rather roll over and retire than face the political headwind that is barreling toward them,” said Ken Spain, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The retirement numbers, however, don’t quite match up with the Republican rhetoric. 

There are more House Republicans retiring than Democrats. The House press gallery, which keeps a “casualty list,” reports that 11 House Republicans and nine Democrats have announced that they will not seek reelection.

(Reported by Andrew Seaman)

http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2009/12/another-house-democrat-wont-seek-reelection-gop-has-more-causalties.html

     The National Debt is not a partisan problem nor a partisan creation. It is the product of the abuse of power that has gone in Washington during BOTH parties terms in the Majority. Sen. Boehner, as the Minority Leader, blasts Congress, because America is BROKE:

     The American public is beng one step closer to being permanently SCREWED by our elected officials– you know, our EMPLOYEES. And we’re not even getting a kiss with it!

     Despite the unease that several Democrats have about the robust public option, and the abortion language contatined in the Harry Reid legislation, Harry Reid says that he has the 60 vote commitments to bring the bill forward to the floor for debate. Democrat Sen. Mary Landraeu of Louisiana, whose vote was secured by a $100 million dollar earmark in the bill for Louisiana, Sen. Ben Nlson, and Sen. Blanche Lincoln all have publicly stated that they will vote to move the bill forward for debate, but that by no means is that considered a vote for the final bill.

      If the 60 votes move the bill forward to the floor tonight, the deabte and modifications will begin during the coming weeks. To make amendments, the votes on each amendment need the simple majority of 51 votes to pass. But when the final product is ready for vote by the Senate, Harry Reid once again must get the 60 votes to pass the bill, and move it on to conference with the House bill that Nancy pelosi pushed through earlier this month. Democaratic strategist Bob Beckel says that even with the certain changes already being negotiated, 60 votes is going to be a hard stretch for Reid, especially with 2010 elections looming ahead.

       Harry Reid is going to strive to make sure that the legislation is pushed through the Senate and through conference, and then votes in both houses before the Massachusetts Seante election on January 19th, for fear of a Republican winning the seat of the late Ted Kennedy. Of course, the Lion’s name was being invoked ad nauseum throughout today’s debate.

Update: Harry Reid’s Screwing of America passed the “Cloture” phase, 60-39. Debate will begin after Thanksgiving!

     If Sen. Harry Reid can muster 60 votes to block a Republican filibuster and allow his 2074 page health care bill to come to the floor for debate, the century-old progressive push for government takeover of our healthcare (and personal freedoms) will move one step closer to reality. From an individual perspective, from a businessman perspective, there are some issue to ponder:

(1) The House and Senate bills do allow you to keep your present insurance coverage. However, upon enactment of the legislation, insurance carriers cannot enroll new members. So when you leave Employer A for Employer B, you cannot join Employer B’s plan, you will have to go into the public option. You will be dropped from Employer A’s plan, and that carrier will have one less party to spread the costs among, thus premiums would increase. Eventually, the carrier will cease to exist, so everyone would be in the public option.

(2) The Senate plan has no language with regard to the abortion issue. The “insurance exchange” will be required to make sure that at least one plan is offered that has abortion coverage. No tax funds are to be used for abortions, and Sen. Reid has said that no tax funds would be used for that purpose, yet tax dollars will subsidize those who cannot afford insurance coverage.

(3) The CBO states that the Senate plan will cost $849 Billion dollars over ten years. Both the House and Senate bills have conveniently left the $250 billion dollar Medicare Doctor fix legislation out of the healthcare reform.

(4) Both plans claim to reduce the deficit.

(5) Both plans create a massive new bureacracy, such as the Health Care Civil Rights Commission.

(6) The Senate bill calls for an increase in the Medicare payroll tax, presently 1.45% for the employee and matched at 1.45%by the employer. However, the increase in the Medicare payroll tax is not designed to cure the deficit in Medicare, but to pay for the new healthcare reform.

(7) Illegal immigrants will not receive funding for healthcare, BUT there is no verification process.

(8) Payment on ObamaCare begins immediately, while the benefits do not begin until the next inauguration. That way, the ten years reviewed by the CBO is front loaded, and does not actually reflect a full decade of the plan.

Please add to the list in the comments, and I will bring them forward to the Post!