The reconciliation bill with all the Senate bill “fixes” – which also passed tonight – now moves to the Senate. If one change is made to it, it will have to be sent back to the House.
The WH, in claiming victory, made this appallingly false claim:
Obama watched the vote in the White House’s Roosevelt Room with Vice President Joe Biden and dozens of aides, exchanged high fives with Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, and then telephoned Speaker Nancy Pelosi with congratulations.
“We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things,” he said later in the White House East Room. “We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people.”
Oh really? Is that what Pelosi had in mind, Mr. President, when she urged her wavering House colleagues to basically be willing to sacrifice their jobs in Washington, DC so YOU could claim victory? The “will of the people” my a**.
Senator Tom Coburn promised a couple of days ago that if the Senate bill passed the House, several GOP Sentors would work to expose the no to yes Democrat flippers – specifically, those who were promised $$$ for their districts or ambassadorships or positions with NASA or whatever in return for their vote – including you, Bart Stupak. I eagerly look forward to this glaring, necessary exposure of these so-called “principled” Democrats who sold their political souls (not to mention sold out their constituencies) in order for this President to be able to claim an “accomplishment” for the first time since he’s taken office, an “accomplishment” that effectively means the government has now taken over 1/6th of the American economy. I eagerly look forward to watching the Congressional races of the flipper Democrats (the red state flippers, especially) up for re-election in hopes that each and every one of them are soundly defeated. The repeal of this bill must become a centerpiece of any GOP campaign moving forward this election year.
House Democrats sent a message to the American people tonight with the passages of these two bills: Up yours. The American people have a chance to give it back to them in November. To that, all I have to add is this:
Just do it.