Posted by E!!
on July 23, 2009
Much has been said about Obama’s hurried, we-must-do-it-now approach to health care reform. I don’t want the rush, and further, I think rushing through this is a really good way to ensure we end up with some really bad policy.
Now CNN’s Dana Bash is reporting that Harry Reid said there will be no Senate vote until after August on health care.
But, from Ohio, Ed Henry reports that a “senior administration official” said Reid’s comment does not change the president’s plans: He still wants votes in both houses before August recess.
H/T: K-Lo @ The Corner
Update: Mr. Crum just called me and said he thinks Harry Reid’s statement was made with one eye on the polls and one on Reid’s 2010 senatorial campaign. If a bill is rushed through and things don’t end well, Reid can say he tried to slow things down. If things do turn out well, he can still point to how cautious he was.
Posted by E!!
on July 20, 2009
Dina Titus (D-NV) casts a vote that earns my respect.
From an article in the WSJ:
A group of Democrats elected in recent years from some of the country’s richest congressional districts have emerged as a stumbling block to raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for President Barack Obama’s ambitious health-care overhaul just as the plan has begun to meet increasing resistance over its cost.
Friday, two freshmen representatives — Dina Titus, from suburban Las Vegas, and Colorado’s Jared Polis, representing Boulder, Vail and some of the tonier suburbs of Denver — joined Republicans to vote against Mr. Obama’s top-priority health-care overhaul when it faced a vote in their House Education and Labor Committee. One reason was a one-percentage point-surtax on couples earning between $350,000 and $500,000 — gradually increasing to 5.4 percentage points on earnings more than $1 million — to pay for it.
Excerpted and condensed from an email from Erick Erickson at RedState:
Obama has proposed sending the International Monetary Fund (IMF) billions of dollars as a quasi-bailout for European banks.
The word is, House Republicans are going to vote in a block to oppose this, which means around thirty Democrats are needed to defeat the bill. Blue Dog Dems are the key, along with Dems in districts that tilt Republican.
Call 202-224-3121. Ask for the members of Congress below and tell them to oppose H.R. 2346, the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act.
Bobby Bright AL-02
Parker Griffith AL-05
Ann Kirkpatrick AZ-01
Suzanne Kosmos FL-24
Walt Mitnick ID-01
Frank Kratovil MD-01
Glenn Nye VA-02
Tom Perriello VA-05Travis Childers (MS-01)
Harry Mitchell (AZ-05)
Gabby Giffords (AZ-08)
Jim Marshall (GA-08)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Bill Foster (IL-14)
Baron Hill (IN-09)
If you can, call and urge these NV legislators to vote against the budget:
Sen. Reid 202-224-3542
Sen. Ensign 202-224-6244
Rep. Heller 202-225-6155
Numbers for the “Mod Squad” in the Senate:
Evan Bayh (IN): 202-224-5623
Mark Begich (AK): 202-224-3004
Michael Bennet (CO): 202-224-5852
Thomas Carper (DE): 202-224-2441
Kay Hagan (NC): 202-224-6342
Claire McCaskill (MO): 202-224-6154
Mary Landrieu (LA): 202-224-5824
Joe Lieberman (CT): 202-224-4041
Ben Nelson (NE): 202-224-6551
Jeanne Shaheen (NH): 202-224-2841
Also… these Republicans are on the fence:
Arlen Specter (PA): 202-224-4254
Olympia Snowe (ME): 202-224-5344
Leslie Carbone, on tomorrow’s Stimulus anti-Stimulus vote in the House, that is.
Posted by E!!
on January 27, 2009
Michelle Malkin provided us with the entire roll call vote on the Geithner nomination including the 10 GOP’ers who voted Yes:
Come on, guys: even Arlen Specter voted No on this one!
As did Democrats Tom Harkin, Robert Byrd, and Russ Feingold - and Independent Bernie Sanders.
Posted by E!!
on January 03, 2009
Kim Strassel @ the WSJ reports a general lack of Senatorial enthusiasm for Big Labor’s card check proposal. Nice to see most reasonable Dems are willing to curtail the unions – and preserve the integrity of elections via the secret ballot.
Hat Tip: Cranky Hermit