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Gayle in MD
03-24-2010, 01:51 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Senate Republicans fuming over the passage of health care reform are now refusing to work past 2 p.m. -- a tactic they can employ by invoking a little-known Senate rule.

On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee was forced to cancel a hearing as was the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) tweeted today : "Disappointed. Rs refusing to allow hearings today. Had to cancel my oversight hearing on police training contracts in Afghanistan."

Sen. Mark Udall also complained that he had to delay a hearing on the cause of Western forest fires.

Making good on Sen. John McCain's threat to withhold all Republican cooperation from Democrats in the Senate in retribution for the majority party using reconciliation to pass health care reform, the GOP used the rule that states committees can only meet when the chamber is in session with the unanimous consent of all members. That consent has almost never been withheld -- until now.

Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) asked for consent for his panel to operate Wednesday afternoon. He noted, ironically, that his request had the support of McCain.

"There is objection on our side of the aisle and therefore I object," said Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.).

The GOP objection blocked testimony from Admiral Robert Willard, United States Navy Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command; from General Kevin Chilton, United States Air Force, Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, and from General Walter Sharp, United States Army Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.

For his part, Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) was livid when his committee was forced to delay consideration of several judicial nominees.

"I have accommodated requests from Judiciary Committee Republicans to delay the Committee's hearing to consider Professor Liu's nomination," Leahy said.

He continued: "For months, Senate Republicans have resisted efforts to enact important reforms to our health insurance system. But when the dust settles and the emotions are calmed, history will show that President Obama and this Congress responded to a pressing national issue, and proved once again that we can act with the purpose of advancing an important national interest. Sadly, actions like today's objections from Senate Republicans to the consideration of a highly qualified, historic nominee will be viewed as little more than petty, partisan politics."
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Jim Manley, a spokesperson for Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), objected to the objection. "For a second straight day, Republicans are using tricks to shut down several key Senate committees. So let me get this straight: in retaliation for our efforts to have an up-or-down vote to improve health care reform, Republicans are blocking an Armed Services committee hearing to discuss critical national security issues among other committee meetings? These political games and obstruction have to stop -- the American people expect and deserve better." </span>
Without unanimous consent, committees are allowed to meet for two hours following the opening of the Senate session -- which on Wednesday was 9:00 a.m. The committees need consent to continue and consent again to continue after 2:00 p.m. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, had his hearing shut down abruptly at 11:00 Wednesday morning, in the middle of a discussion on the effort to end veteran homelessness in the next five years. It is estimated that more than 100,000 veterans are homeless in the United States on any given night.

<span style='font-size: 20pt'>"The Senate should be a place for debate, but I cannot imagine how shutting down a hearing on helping homeless veterans has any part of the debate on the health insurance reform," said Akaka. "I am deeply disappointed that my colleagues chose to hinder our common work to help end veteran homelessness."</span>
Committee meetings were also canceled on Tuesday, but as the result of a behind-the-scenes threat, rather than an on-the-floor objection. One meeting that was shut down even dealt with transparency in government. The Executive Director of the Sunlight Foundation, Ellen Miller was cut off during the hearing.

Nick Wing contributed reporting to this post.

Watch Ellen Miller get cut off in Tuesday's hearing:

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/gop-senators-refusing-to_n_511639.html

<span style="color: #000066">REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTIONIST SCUM! </span>

eg8r
03-24-2010, 02:17 PM
LOL good for them. If the Democrats want to ruin our country and drive us to socialism, they should be limited to the numbers of hours they are allowed to do it.

eg8r

pooltchr
03-24-2010, 02:29 PM
Personally, I hope the Reps do everything humanly possible (legally) to make life as difficult as they can for the idiots that caved in to the arm twisting and bribes of the Obamafia.

Steve

Gayle in MD
03-24-2010, 03:09 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">LOL good for them. If the Democrats want to ruin our country and drive us to socialism, they should be limited to the numbers of hours they are allowed to do it.

eg8r </div></div>

That's nice, Ed, I'm sure the homeless Veterans will appreciate your conpassion.

Republicans are going to continue to cut their own throats, and I'd be thrilled to watch them do it, except for the negatie results to many Americans, and Veterans.

G.

pooltchr
03-24-2010, 04:26 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
Republicans are going to continue to cut their own throats, and I'd be thrilled to watch them do it, except for the negatie results to many Americans, and Veterans.

G. </div></div>

Funny, that is exactly the way many of us feel about the Obamafia!

Steve

LWW
03-24-2010, 05:27 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">LOL good for them. If the Democrats want to ruin our country and drive us to socialism, they should be limited to the numbers of hours they are allowed to do it.

eg8r </div></div>

That's nice, Ed, I'm sure the homeless Veterans will appreciate your conpassion.

Republicans are going to continue to cut their own throats, and I'd be thrilled to watch them do it, except for the negatie results to many Americans, and Veterans.

G. </div></div>

After doing a hatchet job o a great charity aiding our vets and their kids, I find your comment to be quite disingenuous.

LWW

Qtec
03-25-2010, 03:21 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">and drive us to socialism, </div></div>

Was Jesus a Socialist or was he a Capitalist?

Like Steve, all you can do is repeat RW TPs without ever really thinking.

The GOP wants to damage the country and you cheer, well done.

Q

pooltchr
03-25-2010, 07:38 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body">

The GOP wants to damage the country and you cheer, well done.

Q

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No, the GOP is trying to slow or stop the destruction of the country.

Steve

eg8r
03-25-2010, 08:55 AM
I am having trouble believing you are stupid enough to think Jesus is physically helping shape the law of our land in the US Congress.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The GOP wants to damage the country and you cheer, well done.</div></div>Quit being dishonest that is not what I said. I find the democrats socialism as damaging to our country and am cheering the GOP for limiting the number of hours they can do it.

eg8r

eg8r
03-25-2010, 08:57 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">That's nice, Ed, I'm sure the homeless Veterans will appreciate your conpassion.</div></div>They may not appreciate it now but they will in the future when the GOP limits the level of socialism the dems can put in place. What would be great is if we heard from these people instead of hearing from you. These Vets fought for our country and Constitution and the Dems are trying to rip it right out of our country. I am sure the homeless Veterans are pissed off at the socialist dems.

eg8r

Gayle in MD
03-25-2010, 09:14 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">That's nice, Ed, I'm sure the homeless Veterans will appreciate your conpassion.</div></div>They may not appreciate it now but they will in the future when the GOP limits the level of socialism the dems can put in place. What would be great is if we heard from these people instead of hearing from you. These Vets fought for our country and Constitution and the Dems are trying to rip it right out of our country. I am sure the homeless Veterans are pissed off at the socialist dems.

eg8r </div></div>

From the Website, Votevets.org


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Body Armor, Senator Dole - Senator Dole, R. voted twice against funding for modern body armor for the troops


Bonuses, Congresswoman Musgrave, CO - Marilyn Musgrave,R. voted against a $1500 combat bonus for troops


GI Bill, John McCain - John McCain skipped a vote on the GI Bill to go to a fundraiser in San Diego. How is that Country First? </div></div>


<span style="color: #000066">Note, all of the Representatives they are supporting are Democratics.... </span> /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif

eg8r
03-25-2010, 09:22 AM
What is a democratic?

eg8r