‘Twas the Friday before Christmas, and not on the Senate floor
Was Harry Reid’s Health Care Bill available, nor its CBO score.
The Senators were pretending to ponder the issue with care,
With Democrats promising the legislation soon would be there.
Finally some Democrats are are taking Reid to task (though ever so slightly) for his failure to produce a bill. Politico reports that “Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln, Evan Bayh, Mary Landrieu, Claire McCaskill, Ben Nelson, Mark Pryor, Jim Webb and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman” signed a letter, calling on ” Senate Majority Leader Reid [D-Mount Crumpit] to increase the process’ transparency”:
Every step of the process needs to be transparent, and information regarding the bill needs to be readily available to our constituents before the Senate starts to vote on legislation that will affect the lives of every American. The legislative text and complete budget scores from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) of the health care legislation considered on the Senate floor should be made available on a website the public can access for at least 72 hours prior to the first vote to proceed to the legislation.
Wonder if these eight will refuse to vote for cloture until those 72 hours have passed after the release of the bill.
While now rousing ailing nonagenarians in the dead of night, wheeling them in to vote on bills that should have been debated long ago, Reid and his Democrats can hardly expect Senators to have clear heads with they vote on legislation increasing government control over one-sixth of the American economy.
The letter of these eight Senators is not quite the tongue-lashing that Reid needs, but it’s at least a step in the right direction.