Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oklahoma OK! Sen. Coburn Slows ObamaCare To A Crawl...

Now this is exactly the kind of guerrilla action needed to torpedo this nonsense:

The Senate is in health care gridlock after a Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn forced the clerk to read aloud a 767-page amendment.

Coburn, a Republican, had sought approval to require that any amendment considered by the Senate must be offered 72 hours in advance and with a full cost report.

When he was rebuffed by Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, Coburn invoked his right to require that an amendment by another Democrat be read aloud. That sent the Senate into limbo, since the amendment by Vermont Democrat Bernie Sanders is 767 pages long.

(At this point I spewed coffee, I must admit!)

"It's unfortunate that Senator Reid waited until the last minute to introduce his bill and now wants to rush it through the Senate," said Senator Tom Coburn. "This reading will provide a dose of transparency that has been lacking in this debate."

It's unclear how long the procedural standoff will continue.

Heh! I guess this is Okiespeak for 'you screw with me, I will definitely screw with you!'

Great job, Senator. Respect, as our kin across the pond would say.

An Obama-style bow to long time Joshua's Army member Louie Louie for pointing this my way!


louielouie said...

er, ah, well i'm ah, glad to make you spew, ah.
as for the bow, that is a visual i can do without.
a handshake would do just fine.
coburn is not a true republican.
he is a conservative, and not very popular with republicans in okieland. the oklahoma republican party just barely endorsed him when he ran several years ago.

Hellcat said...

They are forcing the amendment to be read aloud. The whole 767 pages. My god! Just one amendment alone is 767 pages? How long is the bill by itself, and how many pages are in the other amendments. I think I heard that the main bill is 2000 pages. This thing is monster.

Freedom Fighter said...

Hi HellCat,
Bernie Sanders eventually withdrew his amendment, so they didn't read all of it.

And yes it is a one huge load of manure.