Senate Democrats on Verge of Deal
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 | Read More »
Nelson prolife amendment tabled: Nelson (D, NE) caving to follow.
They tabled the amendment that Senator Nelson offered for the health care rationing bill – the one that would have aligned it with the Stupak amendment for the House version – on a largely party-line vote (54/45, with Byrd not voting). Senator Nelson, despite vowing to filibuster*, is even now revising and extending his remarks: A few reporters waiting outside the door asked him how | Read More »
Let the Attacks on Joe Lieberman Commence
Bloomberg ran a pretty good peice on Joe Lieberman’s opposition to Obamacare. It also outlines the attacks that are soon to come his way from Obamacare supporters. “Senator Lieberman’s actions represent the fact that he’s acting more like the senator from Aetna than the senator from Connecticut,” said Lacy MacAuley, a spokeswoman for Mobilization for Health Care for All, a group that supports extending government | Read More »
Even The New York Times Notices That The Health Care Bill Has An Abortion Problem
Today’s New York Times essentially owns up to what conservatives have been saying, and what President Obama branded a lie during his joint address to Congress: federal funding for abortion is very much on the table in the health care debate. Let’s take a look:
Senate Democrats: cap and trade should be delayed
Democrat Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Ben Nelson of Nebraska say the Senate should abandon efforts to pass cap-and-trade this year. Cap-and-trade legislation will require 60 votes to pass the Senate. According to Bloomberg, at least 15 of the Senate’s 60 Democrats have said the House-passed version — the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade tax climate change legislation | Read More »
Democrats blocking Dawn Johnson appointment?
Via Glenn Reynolds (who thinks that Johnson should be confirmed), TPM notes that the nomination is being stalled by Democrats Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Ben Nelson (D-NE). Apparently, the latter is in a snit-fit over “subsidies to student lending institutions” and the former is being… Arlen Specter. Reid, of course, is doing his usual game of blaming his inadequacies on the GOP, but really, what | Read More »
GovernmentGrowthulus, not Porkulus, is the real danger
Originally published by Mike DeVine, Legal Editor for The Minority Report Even if Congress strips out all the “porkulus” from the non-stimulus bill, remaining provisions would require the hiring of 600,000 new, permanent government employees over the next four years. That would represent a 25-30% increase in the size of the federal civilian workforce that would probably never be reduced. Maybe we need a new | Read More »
Good job getting Sen. Corker mad there, Sen. Nelson.
In response to this story about how supposedly Senator Nelson of Nebraska had called in Senator Corker of Tennessee to try to get a “bipartisan solution” (read: “Republican cover”) for the Democrats’ debt bill, Sen. Corker’s office contacted Instapundit with the following: UPDATE: A Corker spokesperson emails: “As I’ve told Fox, we were invited late yesterday to a meeting in Sen. Ben Nelson’s office and | Read More »
Tom Coburn vs. Harry Reid Cage Match
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) in in a no-holds-barred cage match with Senate Majority Leader Harry and, oddly enough, the Washington Post isn’t reflexively jumping to the defense of the scrappy, embattled, former pugilist from Searchlight, Nevada. Coburn has become best known as the lawmaker who says no — no to increased funding for unsolved civil rights crimes, no to creation of a national registry for | Read More »