The Embarrassed Republicans and the 9/11 First Responders… an American Drama
When the Senate passed the 9/11 First Responders Bill yesterday it was over 6 Billion Dollars lower than it was originally proposed… primarily because the funding now ends in 2016 instead of 2031… due to Senator Tom Coburn.
Coburn vowed to block the 9/11 First Responders bill, saying he wanted it to be funded through spending cuts. He also claimed the bill had been fast-tracked and skipped committee (but, in fact, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on the bill in June — Coburn, a committee member, missed it.)
And then two major things happened that shined the light on Republicans in an embarrassing way: Jon Stewart used a whole evening of The Daily Show not to joke, but to interview New York police, fire and other officials who suffered from the physical affronts that effect first responders; and then a large number of those responders swarmed into Coburn’s office:
As John Feal, head of the First Responders, said:
“Mr. Coburn should be ashamed of himself, because I think before he was a senator he was a doctor and he took an oath to help people that are sick. He’s going against his oath as a doctor. He can vote any way he wants as a senator, but as a doctor, he just embarrassed the medical profession.”
Apparently all the Republicans were so embarrassed that the revised bill got 100% support. Mitch McConnell even made a public appearance to say that they were all for the bill before they were against it (well he had to say something).
This became one of Obama‘s big wins yesterday and Mitch McConnell must have suffered through the press conference the President held in the afternoon which certainly pointed a finger at the Republican opposition.
- Shep Smith Calls Out Sen. Coburn Over His Threat To Block 9/11 First-Responders Bill (mediaite.com)
- Shep Smith Zeroes In On Tom Coburn For Opposing 9/11 First Responders Bill (alternet.org)
- Santa to Graham, Coburn and McCain: You’re being naughty little boys (crooksandliars.com)
- Passage of 9/11 First Responders’ Bill Is a Victory for Tom Coburn (themoderatevoice.com)
- Senate Should Get It Together, Vote on 9/11 Health Care Bill (fdlaction.firedoglake.com)
Posted on December 23, 2010, in Congress, Economics, editorial, event, Finance, Health Care, Internet, Legal, News, Opinion, Politics, President Obama, quote, Taxes, Video, Word from Bill and tagged Barack Obama, Certified first responder, Daily Show, Jon Stewart, Mitch McConnell, Republican, Tom Coburn, United States Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The Embarrassed Republicans and the 9/11 First Responders… an American Drama.