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. Ilene

    Why? No Republican ever cared what a Democrat thought for 8 years of the Bush administration.

    January 20, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. Rick

    Great news.. Lets see if Obama knows what this means now. or will he just stay ignorant.

    January 20, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  3. EX-republican

    Is this some kind of cruel hoax?

    January 20, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  4. Jeff Casto

    It is much more vital that we begin the process of fixing the broken health care system. Waiting to seat Brown will only result in the one thing that no one wants, the eternal status quo. It's time to stop pandering to the party of "No." Enough is enough. The House should pass the bill and the President should sign it. If the GOP wants to do something about in the Senate with Brown's help, they can use the same system that's available to them, from the minority position.

    January 20, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  5. digger

    To all you libs that are going to be crying over this, GET OVER IT WE WON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  6. chaubert

    Can the Democratic party tolerate a moderate speaking up like this? Or will the slash and burn Pelosi/Reid/Obama axis still try to ram this through?

    Bill Clinton who campaigned as a moderate, ruled for two years as a liberal. Then got chastised by the 1994 elections, and moved toward the center. Obama, who also campaigned as a moderate, and has ruled as a very far leftist, is too arrogant to change course, and too committed to a radical agenda.

    Hillary Clinton will run against Obama in 2012, and win the Democratic nomination. And might win the presidency if the Republicans don't come up with a strong candidate: the country will trust Hillary to defend America, and they don't trust Obama.

    January 20, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  7. Jeff Casto

    BTW, Jim, if you're worried about your reelection, that's a personal problem that should not impose on the entire country.

    January 20, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  8. Denise

    Please don't slow down. Unless Democrats seize the opportunity now, no change will come. We can't continue with the status quo, it will break us. We are so driven by instant gratification that we can't see past the short term. Majority Dems must be strong and do what they know is right.

    January 20, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  9. Robert

    That won't happen................Pelosi/Reid are too greedy!

    January 20, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  10. Ken, AZ

    We wasted months to get no votes from the three republican in the Gang of Six. Why wait to get a "no" from Brown? He has already said how he intends to vote on health care reform.

    January 20, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  11. Hasai

    And here I was, thinking everyone in Congress had all the intellect of a rabid radish.
    My apologies, Senator Webb. Here's hoping people like you stop being an extreme minority in Congress in the very near future.

    January 20, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  12. KB

    Wow....someone IS listening!

    January 20, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  13. gemini3

    Maybe if the Democratic leadership had not been so committed to backroom deals and trades for votes, the vote in Mass. wouldn't have been so decisive. It makes sense to hold off on the negotiations, but I hope Senator Webb covers his back for making this recommendation.

    January 20, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  14. Joe

    Finally, a level headed senator with the guts to say what the American people think. Hope the rest of Congress/House listen to him, or they'll be out of a job come Nov too!!

    January 20, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  15. terry,va

    Webb is trying to save his backside now. It won't work. He is out as soon as the people go to the polls. Thank you, Obummie. We will control congress for years to come!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. Unemployed Dem

    There has been an eathquake in Washington D.C. and it started in Massachusetts.

    It has now become very obvious to a number of Democratic Senators that the Obama party is over after less than a year.

    Time to vote out all incumbents. Democrat or Republican. America needs new blood and new ideas.

    January 20, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. Leslie B.

    Fair and honest. Let's keep it that way.

    January 20, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  18. Dan

    Bravo. I applaud his comments and agree wholeheartedly.

    January 20, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  19. John Twedt

    I agree. If you -must- have health care reform, do it the way President Obama originally promised: openly, on television, for everyone to see.

    If you're opposed to being open, one has to wonder what you have to hide?

    January 20, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  20. A.B.

    Jim Webb's advise is totally insane and is a prescription for political suicide for the Democrats!! My advise is just the opposite: The house and the senate Democrats need to vote on this bill as soon as possible before Brown is seated. Brown is threatening to block and derail healthcare reform and if that effort is successful, the Democrats are politically doomed and will not get a second chance to reform the heatlhcare system in the near future. They will lose their fragile majority and will be out of power. Eight or ten years may go by before Democrats get a second chance to reform the healthcare system and the healthcare situation will be far worse than it is now!! Democrats have no choice but to pass healthcare reform now. It's do or die.

    January 20, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  21. Grant

    Good for Sen. Webb. A wise decision for all.

    January 20, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  22. Tony T

    Yes!!!!!! Ding dong the witch is dead!!!! Move to the center OB or your days are numbered!!!! The AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. And the far left loons are in the very small minority in this country, have LOST BIG TIME. If we can take Massachusetts down, every state is on alert. Dem bloodbath in 2010 and 2012. ow dare you loons push us to socialism.... you got what you deserve.

    January 20, 2010 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  23. Tony

    Since when does Massachussetts get to have a primary say in anything. If Ted Kennedy were still alive, his vote would have been yea on healthcare reform. It is only through the misfortune of Mr. Kennedy that this election even happened. If there's anyone who brings the respect of government into question, it's people like Jim Webb. Obama ran on a platform of health care reform and the American people overwhelmingly voted for him. 3 out of 4 americans support reform. It's only disingenuous politicians like Webb, firmly seated in the pockets of insurance and big pharma, who pretend otherwise.

    January 20, 2010 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  24. Spencer

    Well said, Senator. In this current time of economic rancor, it is nice to see a genuine effort at restoring the civility entrusted to Congress.

    January 20, 2010 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  25. Amy

    ....suspend further votes on health care?
    I think they still don't get it or big insurance lobby $$ is what it counts here! The majority of the American people voted for change....
    Where is the change if this congress can't deliver healthcare?
    Obama got our vote because he campaigned for healthcare reform...what is the part of that message that this congress didn't get.?

    January 20, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
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