October 7th, 2009
02:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate Republicans demand 3-day wait before health care vote

From left: Sens. Michael Crapo, Jim Bunning, Jim DeMint and David Vitter discuss the resolution Wednesday.
From left: Sens. Michael Crapo, Jim Bunning, Jim DeMint and David Vitter discuss the resolution Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Conservative Senate Republicans added another firecracker to the politically explosive health debate Wednesday, introducing a resolution requiring all bills to be made public at least 72 hours before being brought to a vote.

The White House, meanwhile, continued to woo Republican moderates with the help of several current and former GOP officeholders who recently broke with their party's leadership and endorsed the Democratic-led reform effort.

The latest posturing took place as Capitol Hill braced for a long-awaited non-partisan analysis of the tax and spending provisions in a key congressional committee's health care legislation.

The Republican resolution - which would require cost estimates for each bill from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office - is designed to prevent what party leaders fear will be Democratic attempts to eventually ram redrafted legislation through Congress with little or no debate.

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  1. Anonymous

    Whats the problem with making a bill available to the American public 72 hours before its voted on? Wasn't one of Obama's campaign promises to make bills available for the public to read before they are voted on? We have a right to know what is in a bill that, no matter what the outcome of the vote, will have effects on every citizen! We should not allow Congress to pass major legislation without giving the public a chance to inform itself on its content and intent, whether its Republican or Democrat legislation. This isn't a stall plan or an attempt to delay a vote, its to inform the public. It seems that liberals think this is a bad idea only because it was proposed by Republicans, when Obama preached transparency, it was seen as change and great. Is the left afraid that if the public can read the bill they will decide not to support it? Liberals, why should we not be allowed to read the bill before it is voted on??

    October 7, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter, the wheelchair general

    Who knows more about ramming stuff through without debate than the republicans? Have a nice day!

    P.S. Ayn Rand was an idiot.

    October 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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