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)
Now it looks like the 2 New York Senators are going to try to put this bill through again, somewhat cut down. Will the Republicans hold it up again with a filibuster? Remember that the House already approved this with a 100 vote plurality. Blocking it has been merely a political gambit.
We’ll have to see if it gets through before Christmas. It SHOULD if there are any morals left in Congress.
- Fox legal analyst doesn’t mention Republicans voted against 9/11 health bill (crooksandliars.com)
- Memo To Fox News: Support The 9-11 First Responders (blogs.forbes.com)
- “America Held Hostage: 9/11 first responders bill can pass, but only if corps can offshore jobs” and related posts (reidreport.com)
- Some Republicans to support 9/11 Health Bill? (crooksandliars.com)
- ‘Daily Show’ Does Journalism Again: Shames GOP, Fox ‘News’, Network News Over 9/11 Legislation (bradblog.com)
- Will FOX News give Jon Stewart his own show? (maureenholland.wordpress.com)
- Report: Momentum Building For Lame-Duck Session Passing Of 9/11 First Responders Bill (mediaite.com)
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Momentum Building Toward A Christmas Miracle For Our 9/11 Heroes (huffingtonpost.com)
Maybe one more Republican will be ashamed enough of their killing this bill last week that they will come in next week…Maybe.
- ‘Christmas Miracle’ for 9/11 Responders? (abcnews.go.com)
- NY senator renews hope for 9/11 health bill (msnbc.msn.com)
- Gillibrand Optimistic About Passage Of 9/11 Health Bill (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- McCain rips Zadroga bill push as ‘fooling around’ (nydailynews.com)
- 9/11 Health Bill Fails in Senate Test Vote (time.com)