Help for 9/11 Rescue Workers Sacrificed on Altar of Arcane Senate Procedure

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 11:58 am

Sometimes the often irresponsible behavior of the United States Senate rises to a new, more disgusting level that still manages to physically make me ill. Today, a bill that would provide help finding health care for the 9/11 rescue workers sickened as a result of their selfless actions failed in the Senate because it managed [...]

Byrd’s Death Gives Dems Excuse for Continued Stockholm Syndrome

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 9:49 am

This headline from “The New York Times,” Byrd’s Death Weakens Democrats’ Frail Majority, perfectly sums up what a broken, insane Bizzaro World the United States Senate has made of Washington, DC. (Note: Before this post was published, the “Times” changed the headline to Byrd’s Death Weakens Democrats’ Shifting Majority.) The headline appears ridiculous either way. [...]

Charlie Brown, Meet The Newest Football: The National Insurance Rate Authority

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 6:16 am

In what is likely to be one of the last acts of health care reform kabuki theater, the role of the football will be played by President Obama’s proposed National Insurance Rate Authority. As always, the role of the Lucy shall be played by the Senate. The role of the football has previously been played [...]

Why Do House Democrats Care More about Protecting Weird Senate Rules than Protecting Their Seats?

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 4:16 pm

One thing that has really bugged me is why vulnerable House Democrats are willing to walk the plank on health care reform to protect weird, stupid Senate rules they all hate anyway. Instead of passing the Senate bill as is and then hoping the Senate approves the changes they want through reconciliation, the House Democrats [...]

Dick Durbin’s Spokesman Lies About Reconciliation, Continuing Effort to Kill Public Option

By: Friday March 12, 2010 9:37 am

After Dick Durbin (D-IL) got attacked for saying that he would whip against the public option, he sent out his spokesman to lie about reconciliation in a pathetic attempt to justify Durbin’s role in trying to kill the public option. (Which is curious because we were told we could not have a public option because [...]

GOP Tries to Scare House Democrats by Pointing Out Dem Senators Are Cowards

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 3:20 pm

The Senate Republicans’ strategy on health care reform right now is warning House Democrats that they will do anything to derail a set of reconciliation votes. All 41 Republicans have already signed a letter saying that they will vote against any waiver of the Byrd rule, and are clearly working through every possible route to [...]

Cut It: Don’t Try to Untie the Health Care Gordian Knot

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 10:16 am

Democrats seem to have an unsolvable legislative problem on their hands. It does not seem that their current strategy of passing the Senate bill as is and then arranging some fixes through reconciliation will work. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and his anti-abortion gang want changes to the abortion language before voting on the bill, and Senate [...]

The Unsolvable Stupak Abortion Legislative Stand Off

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 1:26 pm

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) is demanding that the abortion language in health care reform be fixed before they pass the current comprehensive Senate health care bill in the House. In itself this is not an insane request given that once the bill passes, Stupak has no more leverage. With almost 300 House bills stalled in [...]

Anthony Weiner, If You Want a Vote on the Public Option, Why Not Demand It?

By: Friday March 5, 2010 7:33 am

Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has a new op-ed in Politico calling for giving the public option a vote in the Senate. While he does not address the process dynamics, he leaves the impression that he is calling for an up-or-down vote on the public option as an amendment to the reconciliation bill or as a stand-alone [...]

Do House Democrats Need to First Pass Senate Health Care Bill? Former Parliamentarian Says “No”

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 10:09 am

Senate Democrats like Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) are strongly pushing the meme that Senate rules require House Democrats to first pass the Senate health care bill unchanged, then a reconciliation measure of “fixes,” and only then can Senate Democrats do anything.That clearly does not sit well with House Democrats, who are growing [...]