Their first month in control of the House, and already they waste all their time on political shenanigans which even they admit will serve no practical purpose.Republicans press for Senate vote on health care
Senate Republicans want to box majority Democrats into allowing a health care repeal vote even if GOP lawmakers expect to be on the losing side.
"We need to have a vote on it because we promised the people we would," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday on "Face the Nation" on CBS. "We have to have a vote on repeal so that everybody is on record whether they want to repeal."
Republicans took control of the House after November's elections and last week voted, as promised, to repeal the health care law. Only three Democrats joined all Republicans in the 245-189 vote to scrap the law.
In the Senate, Democrats retained majority control, even though the 53-47 split is narrower than the advantage they held before November. Two of those votes come from independents who caucus with the Democrats and support the health care law overall. Moreover, Senate measures usually require a 60-vote majority to advance.
While Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who controls the Senate agenda, has said such a bill won't come to a vote, Republican leader Mitch McConnell repeated his promise that a repeal vote will indeed take place.
"I'm not going to discuss how we'll do it from a parliamentary point of view here," McConnell said on "Fox News Sunday."
"If that does not pass, and I don't think anyone is optimistic that it will, we intend to go after this health care bill in every way that we can. It's the single worst piece of legislation that's been passed in my time in the Senate," McConnell said.
With its mandate that almost all people in the U.S. carry insurance, the health care law divides people about evenly. Some provisions — coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing older children to remain on parents' insurance — are popular.
Only about one in four people say they want to do away with the health care law completely, according to a recent Associated Press-GfK poll.
The likelihood of defeat for a repeal bill — Obama could veto it even if it were to pass Congress — has led Republicans lawmakers to vow to dismantle the law piece by piece and to deny it the money necessary to carry out its provisions.
Who are the morons who elect these people?
I wonder whether any of those people can even correctly name the legislation (no, it's not "ObamaCare"), let alone explain its major provisions.