“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person. In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.”
Weiner spokeswoman, Risa Heller
What clinic treats Twitter stupidity?
- Anthony Weiner Requests Leave of Absence to Seek Treatment (blippitt.com)
- Weiner to seek professional treatment, requests temporary leave of absence from the House (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Breaking: Rep. Weiner Asks For ‘Leave of Absence’ (inquisitr.com)
- Anthony Weiner Takes Leave of Absence from Congress, Seeks Professional Help (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Weiner says he’ll get help, take leave from Congress (ctv.ca)
- Weiner Heads To Rehab As Pelosi, Party Leaders Call On Him To Resign (annem040359.wordpress.com)
- HuffPost TV: WATCH: Roy Sekoff Says Obama ‘Just Not That Into’ Tax Cuts For The Rich (huffingtonpost.com)
- House passes tax deal to send it to President Obama (cnn.com)
- Congress Passes Sweeping Tax Bill, Sends It to Obama’s Desk (foxnews.com)
OK… while many are watching the NCAA Basketball games, I’ll be watching the big sports action of the weekend: The Health Care bill in the House of Representatives.
CSPAN is showing BOTH the debates in the House and the Reconciliation Bill debate in the House Rules Committee (on CSPAN 2). The major players will all be out there, making the points or stalling to try and get the bill bogged down. Whatever happens today will determine what gets voted on tomorrow.
I’ll watch the Republicans push as many misstatements and lies as possible, challenge every rule and try to get this put off (the first Repub to speak at the Rules Committee meeting suggested how, if the Dems tried to be bipartisan, we could really get somewhere… in six years!) I’ll watch the Dems restate every point to make it clear (and I understand at some time today all the House Dems are being called into a meeting at the White House today to get their energy up) and try to end run the Repubs whenever possible. How could Basketball even compare?
This will probably run well into the night tonite… time to get out the popcorn and keep abreast of the various blogs that will be commenting on every play.
Excitement and entertainment abound.
Having once delayed the trip by a few days, President Obama this morning decided to put off the trip until June because the Health Care bill passage and his influence on it have prior importance.
This information, combined with the release of figures from the Congressional Budget Office which show that the Health-care reform bill cuts deficit by $1.3 trillion over 20 years, makes the debate going on in the House of Representatives even more poignant. It is expected that it will be voted in on Sunday.
Needless to say, this has caused an increase energy among Republicans to attack the methods being used to pass the bill, to lie about the results of the bill, and to try anything possible to keep it from going through.
It makes C-Span one of the most exciting games in town.
The Weiner Amendment made it through the Waxman committee last night. Pelosi has committed a floor vote on it if it is withdrawn from the Economics and Commerce Committee draft, Now Single-Payer has a guaranteed House vote on the final draft of the bill.
Here’s Waxman to Weiner:
Over 50,000 voter faxes got this to happen. More will have to be done to get the whole House to vote this in. Get on the FAX mailing list HERE.
In his Sunday blog, Reich pointed out that if the House goes on vacation without passing ANYTHING on the health care front (the Senate has already said it won’t) then we’ll end up stuck with something called “universal health insurance” as opposed to Universal Health Care.
Check it out HERE.
At the end of the article, Reich gives us this MUST DO statement:
Finally, you, dear reader, must contact your senators and representatives and explain why you want genuine reform… Mobilize and energize others to do the same, especially residents of Blue Dog states, including Montana where Senate Finance Chief Max Baucus resides. And if you’re able and willing I’d urge you to descend on Washington the moment Congress returns from recess. There is nothing quite as persuasive to a member of Congress as real live constituent demanding real reform.
This is the kind of statement that makes me really like Reich!