Sen. Max Baucus (D-M) Says, "Vote All Amendments Down!"

Published March 24, 2010, 4:28 pm, CST

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by Diane W. Collins



Sen. Max Baucus

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana)

The vote in the Senate concerning amendments to the Reconciliation Act of 2010 is beginning. Sen. Max Baucus (D-M) insisted prior to commencing that members vote all amendments down. The arrogance of the statement appeared to insense the Minority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). His response is well worth posting.


The challenge to our democratic process is clear. We need to revisit the ideology behind the creation of the two chambers and understand the purpose of the Senate and the House. The House of Representatives is the peoples' house were majority rules and the people are to be heard. The Senate is the chamber that balances the majority and protects all of us against "the tyranny of the masses."



Sen. Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

We must remember life is not static. Each of us will see the ebb and flow of success. There will be times

when our own personal benefit may be on one side and then the other of this legislation. So, my question is this. Do you really want a country that will tell you what you have to buy, how much you can earn, and will take from you that which you've worked for without recourse through backroom deals, bullied votes, and the stroke of a president's pen?


The answer will be seen in November when America goes to the poles. The tactics and misrepresentations surrounding this legislation will be even clearer then. As we have heard today, a "technical glitch" in the bill prevents the immediate exclusion of pre-existing conditions for children... a benefit touted again and again by Democrats. Don't be surprised to see more irregularities. Time always tells. Ask yourselves, is this the kind of government you want?










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