CT Sen – GOP needs to vote on own healthcare amendments?

When you really don’t want health care reform to happen but are simulating being constructive, sometimes you get hoisted on your own petard. That’s what happened to Senator Enzi, (R-WY), the ranking Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) during Monday’s markup session on the health care bill. At the opening of the hearing, Senator Dodd asked Sen. Enzi if he were willing to accept by unanimous consent 64 Republican amendments and 13 Democratic amendments. After conferring with an aide, a visibly discomfited Enzi was forced to admit that the Republicans were requiring a vote on their own amendments, and therefore would not accept them. Go figure.

I’m disgusted that this kind of partisan political chicanery is happening on an issue of such personal importance to me. Surprised? No. Unfortunately, that’s what politics has become in this country. But there are too many people in this country, both Republicans and Democrats, who are going into bankruptcy and losing their homes because of health care problems. It should be a bipartisan issue.

Whatever your problems with Dodd, one thing is clear: he is working his butt off to get health care reform off the ground.

And apparently some health care lobbyists aren’t too happy with how he’s going about it. The campaign is encouraging constituents to email lobbyists to tell them how they feel. Those poor lobbyists

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4 responses to “CT Sen – GOP needs to vote on own healthcare amendments?

  1. This is politics as usual, on both sides.

    I looked at the clip, and Dodd tried to pull a gotcha.

    When you really don’t want health care reform to happen but are simulating being constructive, sometimes you get hoisted on your own petard. That’s what happened to Senator Enzi, (R-WY), the ranking Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) during Monday’s markup session on the health care bill. At the opening of the hearing, Senator Dodd asked Sen. Enzi if he were willing to accept by unanimous consent 64 Republican amendments and 13 Democratic amendments.

    That isn’t what happened to Senator Enzi. What DID happen, was, as Senator Dodd explained, ‘the staff worked very hard through-out the weekend on the amendments’. What DIDN’T happen was Sen. Dodd decided to not confer with his Ranking Member before the meeting — or, without the camera’s rolling, is what I imagine is more the case — about the proposed ‘gift’ of 64 Republican amendments vs. 13 Democrat ones.

    I’m disgusted that this kind of partisan political chicanery is happening on an issue of such personal importance to me.

    I’m disgusted too. If Dodd were sincere, that conversation wouldn’t have taken place for the first time at the meeting. Period.

  2. Hank Morgan

    Nice customized link there SARA…. can you tell me how I can get one of those for my blog? I can’t seem to find any information on the Dodd site on how to create my own.

    I’d love for Chris to know how much traffic I drive to his site… who gave you that nifty little x.ctlp code to add onto the end of the link?

  3. SouthernWreck

    Enzi is a colossal embarrassment, even to the monied Wyoming/Oligarch interests that put him there. Clueless about process, about legislative language, utterly dependent on GOP staff lackeys to prod him about how to respond, and even then he fumbled.

    His interaction with a seasoned savvy bill-writing pol like Chris Dodd was humiliating, and made clear Dodd’s commitment to service and working hard to get something done in a world where dinosaurs like Enzi are fast fading in relevance. Enzi’s response was stupid, out of touch, ignorant, second only to Oklahoma Jimmy, the CO2 damage denial freak. Enzi: “what, I have to do work, I thought this was just a rich guy club?”

    Representative of the spiraling death of the GOP, just like Kyl, like Gregg. The clueless ‘where am I’ look – I had to shut off the tube. Feckless, unless someone waves money in their face.

  4. catchlightning

    How long had it been since bipartisanship truly meant that some members of both parties had something meaningful to contribute to improve legislation?

    I’d say half a century.

    On health care legislation, I don’t see any reason — other than for post-passage political argument — one would think accepting proposed Republican amendments in committee markup was a wise and necessary thing to do…. knowing the Republicans would vote against it anyway.

    What’s the point? Why bother?

    Unless… that’s the “compromise”, i.e. let the Republicans insert amendments making the bill less effective (see! it wasn’t us!) knowing they’ll vote against the bill anyway.

    In a rather perverse way, now that makes sense.

    Chris Dodd has done, I believe, a terrific job moving this through this committee in the absence of Sen. Kennedy. We are moving forward. I hope the House committees hold firm

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