Republicans Gin Up Some Hate for the Troops, Dems Stop ‘Partisan and Cynical’ Filibuster

December 18, 2009

(ChattahBox)— The Republicans have shown that they will stoop to shameful and despicable tactics to stop the passage of health care reform. The party of obstructionists are now a party of clowns who have forgone the work of legislating to stage circus stunts. Late last night, while our troops were in harm’s way on two battlefields, the Republicans decided to deprive our soldiers of needed funding, by attempting to block passage of the military spending bill using a filibuster. Fortunately, all 60 Democratic votes were available to overcome the parliamentary assault on our troops by Republicans.

Why did the Republicans jeopardize vital funding for our troops in a time of war? It was a calculated stunt to delay the debate on health care reform, and nothing else matters to the obstructionist Republicans, not even the safety of our troops. If Democrats had pulled such a stunt during a time of war, they would have been attacked as treasonous.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) wasn’t even ashamed enough to lie about Republican reasons to block war funding. “I don’t want health care,” he said. Other GOP lawmakers pointed to the earmarks in the defense funding bill, but the results were the same. Every Republican Senator voted against the defense funding bill in a 63 to 33 vote, except for the two Senators from Maine, Snowe and Collins, and Sen. Hutchison from Texas. And even those three Republican lawmakers didn’t record their votes until all 60 Democrats cast their yes votes, already overcoming the filibuster threat.

It was essential to pass the funding bill this week, because a Pentagon stopgap funding measure is due to expire at midnight Friday. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was furious at the Republican tactics. He sent an angry letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasting the Republican stunt that would cause a “serious disruption” in the military’s ability to pay its troops during Christmas. “It is inconceivable to me that such a situation would be permitted to occur with U.S. forces actively deployed in combat,” Gates wrote.

Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) an opponent of the two wars, voted with his party to overcome the Republican filibuster. “I am not going to be part of a partisan and cynical effort to delay passage of the defense bill in order to block the Senate from considering health-care reform,” said Feingold.

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) was appalled at the Republicans’ disregard for the security of our nation and our war effort. “They are prepared to jeopardize funding for troops at war,” said Durbin. “If Democrats did that, there would be cries of treason.”

The final vote on the Pentagon war funding bill will take place on Saturday.



One Response to “Republicans Gin Up Some Hate for the Troops, Dems Stop ‘Partisan and Cynical’ Filibuster”

  1. Old Man Dotes on December 18th, 2009 3:16 pm

    FACT: The Republican Party now stands for a deliberate, calculated campaign of attempting to commit serious harm to the nation.

    When I was on active duty in the Army, we called people like that “traitors.”

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