Thursday, March 25, 2010
Republicans, The New York Times is reporting, identified parliamentary problems with at least two provisions that will require the Democrats’ sweeping health care legislation to be sent back to the House for yet another vote, once the Senate adopts it.
Before the discovery of the parliamentary issues, Democrats defeated more than two dozen Republican amendments or other proposals aimed at derailing the legislation or making changes that would delay it by forcing an additional vote in the House.
Senate Democrats had been hoping to defeat all of the amendments proposed by Republicans and to prevail on parliamentary challenges so that they could approve the measure and send it to President Obama for his signature. But the bill must comply with complex budget reconciliation rules, and Republicans identified some flaws.
The Hill says that Democrats Evan Bayh of Indiana, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Nelson of Nebraska strayed frequently from their party during Wednesday night’s voting. Bayh, who is retiring, crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans 10 times. Lincoln, who faces a tough re-election race, supported Republicans eight times. Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia also bucked his party three times.
Nelson, who has come under fire from his conservative base in Nebraska for his support of the healthcare reform effort, supported the GOP the most—on 20 out of 29 votes as of the 2:55AM adjournment.
Senator Gregg: Protect Medicare Savings
Senator McCain: Remove Sweetheart Deals
Senator Crapo: No Tax Hikes for Families Earning Under $250,000
Senator Enzi: Strike the Employer Mandate
Senator Barrasso: Requires Legislation Not Increase Premiums
Senator Grassley: Requires President, Congress Enroll in Exchange
Senator Alexander: Reduce Student Loan Interest Rate
Senator LeMieux: Members On Medicaid
Senator Coburn: Bars Sex Offenders from Receiving E.D. Drugs
Senator Hutchison: State Opt Out
Senator Hatch: Block Medicare Advantage Cuts
Senator Collins: Waive Employer Mandate Tax
Senator Thune: Strike CLASS Act
Senator Cornyn: Remove New Taxes on Investments
Senator Hatch: Protect Wounded Soldiers from Medical Device Tax
Senator Inhofe: Protect Pediatrics and Disabled from Medical Device Tax
Senator Crapo: Protect Cancer Patients from Medical Device Tax
Senators Roberts, Inhofe, Brown, Crapo: Strike Medical Device Tax
Senator Burr: Tricare and Veterans Health Programs
Senator Roberts: Rationing
Senator Roberts: Critical Access Hospitals
Senator Vitter: Repeals Democrats' Health Care Bill
“Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.”—Voltaire
Read more about the health care bill changes at Memeorandum.
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