Comments on: Obama swipes at “just say no crowd” Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: hsvkitty Mon, 02 Aug 2010 23:23:59 +0000 The republicans are a sad lot… the rest of the world just shakes their heads that your country attempts to show other countries how to run a democracy… errrrrmmmm…

By: Yellow105 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 23:40:02 +0000 It’s been pretty unpleasant watching the Senate lately. The DISCLOSE Act came up, and every single Senate Republican joined together to block the bill from even getting a vote. A package of incentives and tax breaks for small businesses looked to be in good shape, but every single Senate Republican joined together to knock that down, too. Twenty obviously qualified judicial nominees were brought forward, and again the GOP blocked votes on all of them. Medical care for 9/11 victims came up, and Republicans prevented it from passing, too.

The House has been trying to re-open the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund through 2031 for 9/11 responders whose health has been affected. When it became apparent that the Republicans were going to attach “poison pill” amendments to the bill that had nothing to do with 9/11 and everything to do with their political agenda, Democrats shut down the possibility of amending the bill by moving it to the suspension calendar, where a minimum 2/3rds vote is needed for it to pass.

So to review, the Democrats bring a bill to the floor to pay the debt this country has to 9/11 responders, but the Republicans wanted to add something that involves illegal immigration, so that Democrats will look like they voted against illegal immigration when they were voting on a bill to take care of 9/11 responders.

There’s only one reasonable conclusion to draw: Republicans don’t believe it’s right to care for 9/11 responders. They think it would be better for those responders to have to go to court, evidently because they might die before receiving a settlement to help them with their health problems. And when they do go to court, count on these same Republicans to start banging the table about frivolous lawsuits and TORT reform.