January 19th, 2010
11:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Democrat: Suspend health care reform until Brown is seated

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/08/15/senator.visits.myanmar/art.myanmar.webb.afp.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia said it would be 'fair and prudent' to suspend health care reform legislation."]Washington (CNN) - A moderate Democratic senator is calling on his colleagues to shelve health care reform legislation until Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown takes his seat in the United States Senate.

"In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia said in a statement Tuesday after Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.

"It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated."

Filed under: 2010 • Extra • Jim Webb • Massachusetts • Popular Posts • Scott Brown • Virginia
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Anyone can see that this is a set-up by the dems to make it the republicans fault for the bill not passing. LOL

    We all know the facts of the back room dealings favoring unions!

    We need to cleanse the entire congress and sentate from Status Quo

    No more entitlements. How about JOBS!

    January 19, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. josiah

    way to go Obama – real great – someone or many should be fired for their lack of creativity and foresight in predicting this – if this is how Boma runs his ship then they deserve to lose the majority – I'm a Democrat and I'm sick of the LAME, weak, and pathetic way Democrats are conducting themselves and the people's business – way too busy playing crap politics and blustering form an incoherent mob of idiots – do you realize what your slack attitudes and vision have just allowed to happen – really OBAMA – where is the CHANGE – you ain't done nothin!

    January 19, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. Nevada dude

    Fine with me, but barring any republicans jumping ship, you have 2 options: ping pong or reconciliation.

    Dems need to pick one and run with it; there is no more time left for last minute holdouts or nitpicking.

    GET IT DONE!!!!

    January 19, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    In all fairness this is a true statement, however, to do so would suspend health care in this nation for the next 40 years. Senator Webb you should consider that when Republicans had a majority they passed whatever they wanted and to hell with the Democrats. This is not a game Senator and it is not an instance where you let your opponent up after you have knocked him down either. Democrats are about to lose the fragile majority they had while Republicans will now be in a position to derail every bit of the Presidents agenda. Senator Webb, your job now sir should be to get as much done before the Senator-elect takes office.

    As for "playing fair", maybe you should consider becoming an Eagle Scout. They are about the only group left with any honor in this country.

    January 19, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. Jeff from Boston

    Kudos to you Mr Senator. I'm glad you heard our message.

    January 19, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. Kenny Ye

    It is the time for Obama to understand that health care reform should not be rushed and taxing the rich and not so rich is not going to solve all the problem.

    January 19, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Jilly

    Well, I hope the Republicans win a few more seats to take over the house and possbibly the senate so they can clean up the mess the made. I guess the Dems had underestimated the damage that was done to the country. Too bad it couldn't be fixed in 1 year.

    January 19, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Either Webb is trying to make sense, or trying to save his own butt. At any rate, what a great gift for Obama on his 1st anniversary .

    January 19, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. Anthony

    Clearly the democrats have failed by not getting the bill done last year. Bush pushed through his gigantic tax cuts that added trillions to the national debt with 51 votes. CHENEY'S VOTE.. The dems just dont have any balls. Fighting among themselves in the senate and house has left them with nothing. GOOD JOB. They have failed to deliver on what they promised, A FULL YEAR WASTED!!!!! They deserve to lose the majority for not having the balls to just pass it with 51 votes. Majority rules in this country. They let a few loud voices and republican scare tactics control the debate.

    January 19, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. GE in MD

    Sen. Webb is absolutely correct. Is anybidy in the Dem leadership listening???

    January 19, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Jim Webb for president

    January 19, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. Common Sense

    This is the most sense approach that I've heard from this current government. Senator Webb just said what every American has been wanting for a month now.

    January 19, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. f5312

    The President wanted, insisted, and advertised that he wanted a "bipartisan" vote on all his major bills. Well, now, he has gotten that.
    What? It doesn't feel so good. Oh weel (sp), some lessons are harder to learn than others.

    January 19, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. gpm

    Would the Republicans try to be fair?

    What is wrong with you guys? All you want to do is compromise, theorize and apologize.

    January 19, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. dog bite it

    Sen Jim/ Your right on. No more back room deals
    Put it before the people on c span so as we are informed
    Obama promised transparency/ The people have
    spoken. 2012 will be the biggest up set in US History.
    The BIG Goverment theme is wrong.
    Independant from Iowa

    January 19, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  16. Hope to Change

    It should be that.

    January 19, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  17. chandu dada

    Senator, you are a great American. Let's owner the will of the people of the Unites States in both houses of the Congress. And not cut these shady deals like Prince Harry did in the Senate.

    January 19, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  18. Emma

    The only thing that the Brown win in Mass. tells us is that young Democrats didn't vote because they are disappointed in the Obama administration. That is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. We now have another backward, not-too-bright Republican in the Senate.

    January 19, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  19. Dave

    shame on senator webb. he just cares about getting reelected.

    January 19, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  20. John in AZ

    Is Jim Webb outing himself as a Republican? How can an election where a completely sub par candidate lost be a referendum on anything? Had the Republicans trounced a likable candidate, maybe. But Coakley ran a horrible campaign where she all but said that she didn't care about her constituents. Can we call for Jim Webb to shelve his opinions?

    January 19, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  21. James

    He could've done it himself at anytime by simply saying that he would not tow the Democratic line. Why wait for the new Republican Senator to do it?

    January 19, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  22. normajean

    What is now going to happen to all the hardworking families who have lost jobs and health insurance if the kids or parents get sick without any care. Are the Republicans going to kick in and help?. Just like.The Repubs helped in the last year?. Somethiing will have to be done or there is going to be a backlash in this country like we've never seen before, This new Senator who doesn;t sound like a very solid citizen to me, came in saying he was going to put the plan down., and apparently as a Republican, will do just that. So much for character and ,integrity , not to mention statesmanship of which his noble predecessor had more of than this person will ever know.,These are qualities owned by leaders who care about the people and don't just go into an office for person gratification. which the Repubs know all about.

    January 19, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Of course! and why not? business as usual (with the foot dragging.) Pull the trigger already! reconciliation anyone? more reaching across the aisle to the unreachable. It's like they're coddling a rattlesnake.

    January 19, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. Denny, Va.

    Where were you a month ago Webb? You did nothing but kiss Obama's ass when you voted to ram the health care down our throats., You didn't try to slow it down and you did not listen to your constituency here in Virginia. We will remember when you come up for re-election. Let the phrase "one term" sink in. Let Mass. remind you and your buddies in the Senate what November will be like. We, the people are sick and tired of you frauds in Washington, and you are all on your way out. The real America spoke in Mass. Hope you are listening.

    January 19, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  25. Hope to Change

    Yep!!! and still more to come when ever it become available for us vote.

    January 19, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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