When the Senate voted to proceed with debate on the health care reform bill, Republicans urged their colleagues to oppose the motion. The minority argued that it did not have 60 votes to change the bill and urged Democrats to “scrap” the current bill and “start over,” framing an ‘aye’ vote on the motion as a vote for higher premiums, Medicare cuts, and “government spending. Ultimately, not a single Republican voted to begin debating the health care bill. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) even claimed that “the American are going to be surprised at the time that we waste when we could be solving jobs and the economy, which is their biggest concern at the present time.”
But today, Republicans took to the floor to urge Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) — who announced yesterday that Senate may adjourn for the weekend — to continue “wasting” time on the health care debate:
- SEN BOB CORKER (R-TN): “I hope to be with you all weekend, discussing with you amendments that are important, voting on those amendments — I can’t imagine a better place for all of us to be.”
- SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ): “We need to stay in, we need to know what the proposals are, we need to have votes on it and we need to tell the American people what’s going on behind closed doors.”
- SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): “We need to be here, and more importantly than being here, equally important than being here, is to vote…we must stay here and do it and we’re prepared to be here and vote.”
Watch a juxtaposition:
Republicans also demanded that the Senate move to voting on more amendments and expressed outrage at not being included in the public option negotiations negotiations. Being ‘out of the loop’, however, didn’t stop the GOP from criticizing the proposal. Republicans dismissed the proposed Medicare-expansion as just another entitlement expansion that would bankrupt the government.