I don’t generally get involved in our nation’s politics these days. I got overloaded on it in high school with Speech & Debate, and after graduating I quit consuming our country’s fine news and media productions (which were a far sight better back in my day) cold turkey. I vote, but I don’t campaign, I don’t picket, and I don’t generally write letters or make phone calls.
Tomorrow I will be writing and calling, because this is ridiculous. Kit Bond, what did you think you were doing? We expect you to work for your wages, my good sir, and this… this is not work.
I would like to copy the entire article from the Huffington Post below (which I saw courtesy of Brenda), just to help make sure your read all of it, but they deserve the traffic for their reporting. Go there and read the rest:
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.
Comment: My initial thoughts from Facebook, where I first saw this linked from Brenda:
If nothing else, one could say that the Democrats pushing the health care bill through were doing so as representatives of their constituents wishes, which is how our government is supposed to work. It seems unlikely that anyone elected a congressperson to not do their jobs. Refusing to engage in consideration, debate, and voting is failure to perform, and no one elects a person to fail.
If I were Republican, I’d be pretty pissed right now that my representatives not only failed to fully understand the parliamentary procedure in use in Congress, I’d be looking to cast my vote for someone who actually does work instead of walking out of work.