The final health care reform vote is to be held in the Senate at 8 a.m. Christmas Eve.
After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed that “we’re gonna fight ’em all the way to the finish line”, this:
The 60 members of the Democratic caucus have united twice on procedural votes, meaning passage is all but assured Thursday.
Under Senate rules, the GOP could have insisted that the vote not occur until 7 p.m. but Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon to announce an agreement that allows senators to depart Washington sooner to begin the Christmas holiday.
It seems to me that the Senate GOP leadership has given up. With the Democrat’s sixty votes for cloture secured, Republicans have thrown in the towel and will surrender the last procedural weapons they have in the fight to obstruct the most misguided legislation since the “New Deal”. (hat tip to Michelle Malkin)
Furthermore, a subsection of the bill to be voted upon Christmas Eve states that “it shall not be in order in the senate or the house of representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.” This language amounts to a Senate procedural rule that prohibits changes by this or any future congress. Is this the kind of power that we want to give our lawmakers? Ultimate, irrevocable authority?
Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), addressing the Senate said, “this is not legislation. it’s not law. this is a rule change. it’s a pretty big deal. we will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or even repeal the law.”
If your government is passing forever irrevocable laws and will require you to purchase services as your leaders see fit while dictating (did I use that word?) the salaries of employees of private corporations, whether or not they receive T.A.R.P. funds, is not tyranny… what is?
It is by the “consent of the governed” that our government derives its power, our own Declaration of Independence states. This legislation assumes powers outside of those enumerated by the constitution and, with the majority of Americans polled against it, does so without such consent.
You are strongly urged to contact your U.S. Senators here and express your revocation of consent with regard to the Senate health care bill. Failing that, the pitchfork pictured above is just under twenty bucks at Amazon and appears to be quite sturdy.