November 17th, 2009
07:05 AM ET
13 years ago

Noteworthy Senate debates throughout U.S. history

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Senate has witnessed divisive debates over the course of history."]Washington (CNN) - The Senate is about to embark on what could be the showdown of the year as top Democrats work to push through sweeping health care legislation.

The legislative chamber, however, is no stranger to history-changing debate. Lawmakers need to look no further than their predecessors to see how it's done.

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  1. Sniffit

    I bet it was a pretty divisive debate in the 1860's when the Republicans were the first party to propose a "graduated" or "progressive" income tax in the United States.

    Yeah, that's right, the GOPers invented they can shut the hell up about "redistribution of wealth." As it is, their economic policies achieve the exact opposite of their proclaimed economic ideology (a facade, mind you), redistributing (trickling) the wealth up, not down. Check the stats...CNN never lets me post them, because they hate debate ending evidence...the numbers from the last 3 decades DO NOT LIE.

    November 17, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. haren

    Stop taking poll for each and every issue.
    What public knows about having trial for 9/11 suspect in New york?
    Why don't we run this country by taking poll for everything,
    Than may be we don't need president and congress for decision making.

    November 17, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. haren

    i am sure this stupid 85% of insured public will change their satisfaction of their insurance coverage, when they will have catastrophic illness and will go bankrupt.

    November 17, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    However this debate will not be about the rights of individuals, but rather the rights of the health care industry over the rights of a nation's free citizens. This debate will be a mandate on free people to provide a large percentage of their labor in support of the health care industry that can not control the liability of health care costs.
    I repeat this can not be, this is unconstitutional where the rights of an industry come before the rights of a free people. Are we not a free nation of people? Where can the rights of corporations and an industry become more valuable than the rights of individuals to remain free from the intrusion of Government?

    November 17, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Our Congress is the worst ever.

    The Dems are TRYING to get things done, and the Reps are blatantly standing in the way of everything. If they postpone everything, nothing gets done.

    They're all about their party, not the good of the country.


    November 17, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. katiec

    Health Care Reform with a strong Public Option is crucial for our country but the party of NOthing has tried everything the can, stooping to the lowest level a political party can to make sure big business remains in control.
    Now they are going to embark on the stall, wasting time tactic.
    We must all contact the senate, phone, e mail, write as often as
    you can to let the republicans know we are sick of their politics
    as usual and their obstruction to everything regardless of its merits.
    And, let the Democrats know they have to be strong and make sure
    Health Care Reform is passed.

    November 17, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Kent in CA

    Perhaps the Senate could learn from the past as it enters the current debate. When the Senate has found the will to advocate social reform, the results have been positive. The 1964 Civil Rights Act is but one example. ADA and the 19th century anti-trust legislation are others.

    Conversely, when the Senate chooses to stand in the way of reform, the results have been disastruous. The 1850 compromise and the failure to join the League of Nations had the most bloody result.

    The new debate before the Senate is of great importance to the well being of all Americans. If the Senate gives in to corporate power in this debate, it will be a very unhealthy decision for America.

    November 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. George

    Republicans, go home please. You will do nothing to help. Your main desire is to see America fail and blame this administration even tho
    they are left with the Bush mess. You have done zero for America except for allowing your coorperate friends to outsource OUR jobs.
    Then you had a tax cut during 2 wars. That was real smart.
    Your VALUES are amazing. Let people die because they can't affort health care. You are greedy people sitting in Washington taking in check after check from health care lobyist while Americans, the people
    who put you in power are dying. Party of values. Scream about abortion and your own GOP insurance policy covers abortion. OMG
    take your money and run. America does not need you.

    November 17, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. tommygunn

    It's time to get this HEALTHCARE Bill show DONE.

    One way or the other DEMOCRATs and REPUBLICANs....

    Do YOUR JOB and VOTE on this so we can work on the other issues at hand.....

    November 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |