Democrats Reject GOP Transparency Amendment

So much for those promises of transparency.

According to the Associated Press, the Democrats have rejected an amendment put forth by Republicans which would have required any health care reform bill to be made publicly available online before the Senate Finance Committee votes.

In case you didn’t get that, here’s a simple, step-by-step run-down of what just happened:

  1. The Democrats intend to push health care reform down the throats of America, sans gloves or tongue depressor, by not only using a simple-majority (“reconciliation”) process reserved for budget issues, but by doing everything they can to obfuscate the contents of any such legislation. This we know. This is nothing new. They’re Democrats, of course.
  2. The Republicans, sensing that the Democrats are going to ram the bill through and believing that the American people should have a chance to see and read the text of the single-largest entitlement program in our nation’s history before it gets voted on by the Senate Finance Committee, propose an amendment requiring that the American people get that chance.
  3. The Democrats say reject the amendment, and in doing so refuse to permit the American people to view the pre-vote bill.

Now, let’s be sure to get our facts straight — this is not the final health care reform bill we’re talking about here. The specific transparency promises made (and already broken) by the president, if we’re going to be a stickler for context, included an assurance that America would have a few days before the final bill was signed. What we’re talking about here is the pre-vote bill.

That being said, it doesn’t make it any less significant that Republicans actively petitioned for sunshine on behalf of the American people–even noting that they were under pressure from constituents to read legislation before signing it–and the Democrats flatly said “no.”

One of the folks I’ve started to like more and more when it comes to holding Democrats accountable for the expansion of government and erosion of liberty through efforts like socialized health care reform and cap-and-trade is House GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence. Even though this particular matter is centered in the Senate Finance Committee, I wanted to see what Pence had to say about the Democrats’ blatant attempts at obfuscation, so I asked his office for a statement from the congressman. Next thing you know, they sent out a press release:

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, made the following statement today after Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR-02), Rep. John Culberson (R-TX-07) and Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA-03) began circulating a discharge petition that will require the Democrat Majority to give Members of Congress, and the American public, 72 hours to review legislation before it is brought up for a vote in the House of Representatives:

“I encourage my colleagues to support this bipartisan effort to bring some transparency back to the legislative process. Members of Congress should read every major piece of legislation before casting their vote. Congress and the American people deserve three days to read the bills. This discharge petition is a critical step in the right direction. I am proud to support the effort of Representatives Greg Walden, John Culberson and Brian Baird.

“President Obama and Speaker Pelosi promised to bring transparency and accountability back to Washington. Over the last nine months this promise has been broken time and time again. It began with a flawed stimulus bill that the American public and House Members were not afforded time to read, and continued with the vote on the Democrats’ national energy tax. The American people are losing confidence in the work of their elected leaders as bills running longer than a thousand pages are rushed to the president’s desk without an opportunity for Members to learn what they are voting on. We have a responsibility to do better.”

For a second there, I almost got sincerely impressed with myself. Then I realized that it’s not like he’s taking my calls or anything. Maybe next time.

QUICK NOTES:

  • Check back here in a little while to see some of the things the Democrats don’t want you to know about the Baucus plan.
  • For a look at health care reform solutions being proposed by Republicans, click HERE.
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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Is there ANYONE on the committee that will release it unofficially? I imagine it would spread across the Internet like wildfire to make the WHO's H1N1 pandemic spreading projections look like a snail in comparison.

  2. Dee says:

    I think it's going to be rammed through more like a suppository. I'll be reading this site for more info. Thanks, Jeff.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The Republican solutions are common sense and it seems the Dems aren't "gifted" in that area. I pray we can clean house in 2010/2012. Even with polls showing the majority of Americans are against this kind of health reform the Libtards continue their fiasco.

    Sally

  4. Rix says:

    I'd lay a hefty wager that if the Usurper proposes a law demanding to install a plastic copy of the Constitution Scroll in all school urinaries, it will clear the Senate by 60 to 40 votes. At this point, the Dems couldn't care less what we think of them because they know three things:

    1) that the next election cycle will be so severely rigged as to ignore what we may think of them,

    2) that, failing #1, the GOP will lack the balls and the firepower to undo any legislative crap rammed in by Obama & Ko, and

    3) that the demographic trends will eventually return the radical left to power if voting system isn't changed – which will never happen because of #2.

  5. Gail B says:

    Quite a difference, wouldn't you say, that the Republicans are trying to let the People see what the Obama/Soetoro regime is working on, to put into effect, while the Democrats are not just pulling the curtains together but trying to sew them shut?

    We need to contact our Democrat Senators and Representatives and advise them that unless they begin working for their constituents instead of for a Communist regime, they will not be returning to D.C. FOR ANOTHER TERM.

  6. 38Special says:

    NEW ORLEANS – Bullet-makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can't keep up with the nation's demand for ammunition.

    Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation — even though nothing specific has been proposed and the president last month signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks.

  7. Rix says:

    "The law is gonna be good, I swear! Now bend over and take it like a man."
    — Rep. Barney Frank

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