What were these “delay tactics”?
On Capitol Hill, Democrats faced further delays today as Republicans demanded that an amendment in the health care bill that would introduce a single-payer system be read on the Senate floor — all 766 pages.
Such delays by GOP lawmakers could force senators to stay in session through Christmas or force Democrats to wait until next year to vote on their health care overhaul bill.
The amendment offered by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont would throw out Democrats’ health care plan and replace it with a single-payer system. It was doomed for failure from the start, but liberal Democrats wanted the opportunity to vote to show that it did not have the votes to pass.
Normally, senators allow their amendments to be entered into the record without actually making the clerk read them. But Republican Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma doctor who opposes Democrats’ health care overhaul efforts, objected when Democrats tried to enter an amendment into the record today, saying the amendment must be offered 72 hours in advance and with a full cost assessment. He then invoked his right to require that the amendment be read out loud.
Yes, reading the amendment is a delay tactic. No bias here, please move along.
Even more awesome is the Democrats’ reaction.
Senators resumed debate in the afternoon after Sanders withdrew his amendment, saying the Republican delaying tactic was an “outrage.” The Vermont senator, whose vote Democrats will need to pass the health care bill, said today he has not yet signed on to the latest push by Democratic leaders.
Here’s what these folks think about reading and understanding the legislation.