Daily Archives: December 23, 2009
Tomorrow’s vote is scheduled for 7:00 AM… Be There or Be Square!
Here’s a fun one:
The text is available at The Senate Agenda Blog.
Politics make for an interesting Holiday season.
Elly and I just returned from the weekly trip to Federick, Maryland, where we buy health foods and vegan products at The Common Market, a great food coop unlike any we have here in the Shepherdstown area), and, after unloading the bags, I put on C-Span2 to find that the Republicans in the Senate are trying to put a new stall on the bill.
The trick they are trying to pull off is to say that the Health Care bill violates the 10th Ammendment of the Constitution.
This is the 10th:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
So what the Republicans are saying is that Health Care is not in the Constitution, therefore only the States can do Health Care Bills, and the Senate has no business playing this game. Snator Hutchinson from Texas proposed this, and it lookslike it will come down to an all Republicans versus all Democrats vote, and the Republicans will lose… but they will have accomplished a time stall. I don’t know how long they debated this one, because I was shopping… but the vote on the point of order went 15 minutes and came out 39 to 60, where it fell.
Whew! Now DeMint, Republican from South Carolina, is trying to suspend the rules to have a motion put into place banning “earmarks”, or funding for a personal request by an individual Senator in return for a vote on a Bill. This is, really, another stall. Let’s see how long this one lasts.
It’s that time of the morning where I weigh the immediate need for a second cup of coffee against the immediate need of Nestle and Byron to go outside for a walk. We are now three days past the end of the big snow and it’s still out there close to 2 feet deep on the ground, only now the road and the cleared paths are icy and slippery.
Nestle watches me as I ponder the empty coffee cup in my hand while listening to Morning Joe on TV arguing with Senator Barbara Boxer over whether or not the Insurance companies are making out like bandits with he Health Care bill. He doesn’t give a dog’s damn about politics, but he sure wants to go out and pee on the snow (which, in its own way, is not much different from the politics we are experiencing in the split party era.)
As it turns out… as it usually does… Nestle and Byron win and I’m about to bundle up and head for the poorly plowed road (a recent series of complaint letters from our neighborhood association to the powers that be notwithstanding.)
Have a nice day.