Posts Tagged ‘senate finance committee’
October 13th, 2009 at 4:36 pm
Snowe Job

From the chatter on the Internet and in the newsrooms you’d think Maine Senator Olympia Snowe’s vote in favor of the Baucus health care “reform” bill out of committee is newsworthy. According to the Associated Press, Snowe’s “Yes” turns a starkly divided blue-red, 13-10 vote into a 14-9 “bi-partisan” shocker. To wit:

But Snowe’s decision gave the vote a significance that transcends partisan divisions. For months, congressional Republicans have been virtually unanimous in denouncing the Democratic bills as an unwarranted expansion of government influence.”

So, even though “for months” congressional Republicans have been “virtually unanimous” in criticizing Democrats’ plans to overhaul American health care, one Senate Republican voting “aye,” constitutes a landmark in bi-partisanship?  Hardly.  Even Snowe acknowledges that she’s only voting for this version of the health care bill, and remains undecided about the inevitable modified version(s) still to be written. 

The real story here is how Snowe managed to dominate an event that would have had exactly the same effect had she been fly fishing today. Snowe’s vote isn’t about switching sides in a policy debate, or answering history’s call. It’s about solidifying her standing as a moderate to be negotiated with when Democrats need Republican cover for passing liberal legislation. Although Baucus failed to get a true bi-partisan bill out his committee, he did succeed in snaring a token R. One hopes an enterprising reporter at one of the Washington dailies will keep a close eye on the next few Appropriations bills to see how much Maine just benefited from its Senator selling her (qualified) support.

October 13th, 2009 at 2:58 pm
Baucus Bill Voted Out of Committee
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The Senate Finance Committee just approved Sen. Max Baucus’ version of health care “reform.”  The vote was 14-9, with all Democrats voting for the bill.  The only Republican voting for the bill was Olympia Snow (R-ME).

The bill will now be reconciled with the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee bill.

October 13th, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Snowe to Vote “Yes” on Baucus Bill

Despite expressing “concerns” about the Baucus “health care reform” bill, Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) announced she will vote “yes” today in the Senate Finance Committee.

October 13th, 2009 at 9:16 am
Health Care Vote Today
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The Senate Finance Committee will vote today on the latest version of health care “reform,” the Baucus Bill.  Senator Baucus is expected to strike the gavel around 10:00 am (EST), with a vote expected later in the afternoon.

Make sure to call your Senator and tell them to vote “No” on the Baucus Bill.  The Congressional Switchboard number is 202-224-3121.

Here are the members of the Finance Committee, Senators that could decide the fate of health care in the U.S.

October 6th, 2009 at 9:16 am
Finance Committee Delays Vote
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Rarely does Congress ever get anything right.  Two weeks ago, the Senate Finance Committee decided to hold a vote on the Baucus Bill before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had a chance to put a price tag on the legislation.

Well, today the committee has decided that it should wait at least 24 hours before voting on the bill, in order to allow the CBO a chance to examine the legislation.  Most of the senators still haven’t read the entire monstrosity, but at least they’ll know the price tag.