Sen Burris: ‘Better Coverage for All, Even Our Friends on the Right!’
December 23, 2009
(ChattahBox)—Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to inject a little levity into the often contentious proceedings, as Democrats march towards passing health reform and Republicans filibuster, bluster and delay. Republican Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma, even prayed to God for a Democrat to suffer some sort of misfortune, so that the caucus would not have all 60 needed votes. And some Republicans inexplicably invoked the names of Ted Kennedy and Jack Kennedy, to inspire Democrats to have the “courage” to break away from their party. Both Kennedys were passionate supporters of health care reform.
In the midst of such bitterness and rancor, Burris rose to speak and recited his version of the poem, “The Night Before Christmas.”
Below is the text of Burris’ amusing take on the popular Christmas poem:
‘”Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Senate
The right held up our health bill, no matter what was in it.
The people had voted — they mandated reform –
But Republicans blew off the gathering storm.
“We’ll clog up the Senate!” they cried with a grin,
“And in midterm elections, we’ll get voted in!”
They knew regular folks needed help right this second –
But fundraisers, lobbyists and politics beckoned.
So, try as they might, Democrats could not win
Because their majority was simply too thin.
Then, across every state there arose such a clatter
The whole Senate rushed out to see what was the matter!
All sprang up from their desks and ran from the floor
Straight through the cloakroom, and right out the door.
And what in the world could be quite this raucous?
But a mandate for change! The Democratic Caucus!
The president, the speaker, and of course leader Reid
Had answered the call in our hour of need.
More rapid than eagles the provisions they came,
And they whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Better coverage! Cost savings! A strong public plan!
Accountable options? We say, ‘Yes we can!’
No exclusions or charges for pre-existing conditions!
Let’s pass a bill that restores competition!”
The Democrats all came together to fight
For the American people, that Christmas Eve night.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard under the dome –
The roll call was closed! It was time to go home!
Despite the obstructionist tactics of some,
The filibuster had broken — the people had won!
A good bill was ready for President Obama,
Ready to sign, and end health care drama.
And Democrats exclaimed, as they drove out of sight:
Better coverage for all, even our friends on the right!”