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Monday, June 19, 2017

Senate Democrats can't stop Republicans from passing a health-care bill that guts the Affordable Care Act. ... But Democrats can grind the Senate to a virtual halt, and that's what they plan to do beginning Monday afternoon as they protest the GOP secretive push to revamp the nation's health-care system. Under the direction of Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Democrats will begin using parliamentary tactics to disrupt the ordinary business of the Senate, including blocking requests for unanimous consent to consider nominees and legislation and preventing committees from holding hearings that last longer than two hours. ... They'll disrupt ordinary business and hold the floor all night for speeches to protest the GOP's secretive attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act.

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"These are merely the first steps we're prepared to take in order to shine a light on this shameful Trumpcare bill and reveal to the public the GOP's true intentions: to give the uber-wealthy a tax break while making middle class Americans pay more for less health care coverage," Schumer said in a statement.

"If Republicans won't relent and debate their health care bill in the open for the American people to see, then they shouldn't expect business as usual in the Senate."

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Good for the democrats. After years of bitching about having ACA "crammed down our throat" despite 13 months of committee debate, 25 days of open debate, input from the GOP, allowing the GOP to participate in crafting the bill, the GOP is doing exactly what they deceitfully accused the democrats of x 10.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-06-19 01:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

#1

How soon, and how conveniently, they forget, right?

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-19 01:34 PM | Reply

Forget? Hell no. They relish it. Their ODS allows their hypocridiocy to flare unabated. They don't care that Trumpcare is being passed in secret, they are just happy because the black guys bill allowing poor people get health insurance failed.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2017-06-19 02:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A slowdown in the slow moving Congress, too funny. Good thing they will soon be in summer hiatus where they cannot do 'We The People' any damage. Always remember that the best Congress is one in recess!

#4 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-06-19 06:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Stage" being the operative word.

Dems have nothing. They are losing in the arena of ideas so they have to "stage" events to get people to pay attention.

#5 | Posted by sawdust at 2017-06-19 07:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"They are losing in the arena of ideas so they have to "stage" events to get people to pay attention."

NO polls obviously show they are winning it the arena of ideas, they are losing in the arena of stolen elections, voter suppression, gerrymandering, hacked election computers, etc. The Republicans on the other hand, like Sawdust, defend the crooked practices so that his "betters" can have tax cuts they don't even need. You're so easy to manipulate and the billionaires love you for it.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-06-19 07:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That Sawdust even states " they are winning in the arena of ideas" with a healthcare plan they are ashamed to present to the American people. Really, how does anyone become such an ass kisser that they would defend that? Have a little self-respect Sawdust. Come on, really?

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-06-19 07:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Yes! The Dems will take another big hit in 18 for crap like this

#8 | Posted by blake914 at 2017-06-19 08:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Dems have nothing. They are losing in the arena of ideas so they have to "stage" events to get people to pay attention.

#5 | Posted by sawdust

Dems have the citizens on their side. That aint "nothing."

The reason repubs are writing this bill in the basement is because they know even their own voters will hate it.

Citizens in the street and town halls thwarted the first house attempt at ACA repeal. Repubs think the solution is to not let the citizens know what they're doing. Probably the smart move when you're writing a bill that will kill poor people so the rich can buy their worthless kids another Ferrari.

Nice team you got there.

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-19 08:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1


The Democrats need to be very careful with their approach here.

They should not be against something.

The should be in favor of something that is better.

Presuming the approach of being "against" Trumpcare works, and Congress becomes full of Democrats who were elected because they were against something or someone, then I suspect we will have yet another Congress like the one we have now, i.e., one that has not a clue how to lead and govern.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-06-19 09:04 PM | Reply

About time the Dems did something right, hopefully they found a backbone in the process. "Playing nice" and "not to lose" has failed miserably for them.

#11 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-06-20 05:11 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Aren't they in favor of the ACA?

#12 | Posted by mizzith at 2017-06-20 10:03 AM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY DANNI

Stolen elections? President Obama won twice. Voter Suppression? Whose votes were suppressed? Go back to Obama's wins - the vote wasn't suppressed at all. Those that voted for President Obama didn't come back out to vote or not for whom you wanted. Gerrymandering is done by both parties when they are in control so both parties are guilty of it - and neither is right to do it. Hacked election computers? What happened when Indiana, Idaho, and Georgia was hacked by DHS? Who was punished for hacking the Government's employees records? China said they think they caught the culprits - did they ever prove it? Did the US Gov't even confirm it? The gov't said China did it.

#13 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-06-20 10:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Whose votes were suppressed?

#13 | Posted by Petrous

People who had to wait in long lines due to repubs purposefully reducing the polling places in their district.
Black People who have time to vote on sundays but can't easily leave work on tuesday to vote, so repubs cut sunday voting.
And Poor people - The people repubs know don't have IDs as often, so they required an ID.

Your side has to cheat to win. And they still don't get the most votes.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-20 11:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

My side? I voted for Ron Paul. I support ideas on both sides of the aisle.

I advocate this:

"If Congress can apply money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may establish teachers in every State, county, and parish, and pay them out of the public Treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post roads. In short, every thing, from the highest object of State legislation, down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress; for every object I have mentioned would admit the application of money, and might be called, if Congress pleased, provisions for the general welfare." Madison

#15 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-06-20 11:55 AM | Reply

I should say, I espouse Madison's concern that the general welfare could be abused - and has.

#16 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-06-20 11:56 AM | Reply

I should say, I espouse Madison's concern that the general welfare could be abused - and has.

#16 | Posted by Petrous

And what was Madison's position on slavery?

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-20 01:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

---They should not be against something.
---The should be in favor of something that is better.
---Presuming the approach of being "against" Trumpcare works, and Congress becomes full of Democrats who were elected because they were against something or someone, then I suspect we will have yet another
---Congress like the one we have now, i.e., one that has not a clue how to lead and govern.

#10 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2017-06-19 09:04 PM

Umm, they do. The problem is that the republican machine has its constituents too blinded by political boogeymen to realize it. There is a reason there is a big educational divide between the right and left and it isn't because of a "------- conspiracy". We can lead republicans to water, but we can't stop them from drinking the Koolaid instead.

#18 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-06-20 06:36 PM | Reply

---Stolen elections?

#13 | POSTED BY PETROUS AT 2017-06-20 10:17 AM

Now you are just choosing to remain ignorant on purpose. This is the second republican president in a row that lost the popular vote. It all started with the federal coup of 2000 and you are an objective fool if you think the elections weren't stolen from We the People.

#19 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-06-20 06:40 PM | Reply

Looks to me like the Democrats don't want to let Republicans get bragging rights.

#20 | Posted by Ray at 2017-06-20 06:59 PM | Reply

They are losing in the arena of ideas so they have to "stage" events to get people to pay attention.

#5 | Posted by sawdust

55 % of Americans said you are full of Fox crap.

www.gallup.com

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-06-20 08:15 PM | Reply

#11 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON AT 2017-06-20 05:11 AM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 2: When exactly did they start to play nice?

#22 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-06-21 06:10 PM | Reply

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