Coburn Lies About 9/11 Health Bill, Vows to Block It

December 21, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is determined to kill the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, preventing it to come up for a vote again in the waning days of the lame-duck session. Every single member of the Republican Caucus in the Senate voted to filibuster the measure, while it held the chamber and the American public hostage until tax cuts for the wealthy were passed. Now, after Senate House Democrats whittled down the amount of the bill and found additional sources of funding for it to satisfy Republican objections, Coburn continues to complain about process. Worse, he is also lying about the bill.

Coburn told Politico that he intends to stall and delay passage of the 9/11 heroes bill.

“The Oklahoma Republican senator and physician — known in the Senate as “Dr. No” for his penchant for blocking bills — told POLITICO on Monday night that he wouldn’t allow the bill to move quickly, saying he has problems with parts of the bill and the process Democrats are employing.”

The right-wing lawmaker also appeared on Fox News this morning, saying “that passage of the bill is a “maybe, doubtful.”

Coburn also wrongly claimed that the bill was rushed through at the last minute without a committee hearing.

“This bill hasn’t even been through a committee. We haven’t had the debate in our committee on this bill to know if it is the best thing to do, said Coburn this morning on America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer.

“This is a bill that’s been drawn up and forced through Congress at the end of the year on a basis to solve a problem that we didn’t have time to solve and we didn’t get done,” added Coburn

As Think Progress points out, Coburn is is either lying or has a severe memory problem.

“Despite Coburn’s claim, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee did in fact hold a hearing on the bill in June — and Coburn should know as he sits on that committee.”

And about his claims that the 9/11 health bill is being jammed through, the same bill has been brought up for the past five-years without success. And it recently passed through the House a second time with bipartisan support, after Republicans first voted it down.

It’s time for Republicans to do the right thing, and pass the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to help our 9/11 heroes. They were there for us when America needed them and now it’s time for Republican lawmakers to step up.

Apparently, the shameless the GOP no longer finds 9/11 imagery politically helpful and are telling our 9/11 responders to go to hell.

It’s been nine-years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Since that time, hundreds of first responders have died from complications developed after inhaling the toxic fumes and dust at ground Zero.



2 Responses to “Coburn Lies About 9/11 Health Bill, Vows to Block It”

  1. Vicki on December 21st, 2010 10:49 pm

    The GOP doesn’t have funding if it is going to benefit average people who have been harmed because they were brave and honorable for America. This behavior is unchristian and hateful.

  2. majii on December 21st, 2010 11:06 pm

    Well, it’s very difficult to know the contents of pending legislation if one skips committee meetings and hearings to meet up with corporatists and to fund raise, which is what many of the republicans have been doing over the last 23 months. Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly blog stated last year that the reason the republicans whine so much about President Obama and democrats is because for 8 years they had very little to do except have GWB tell them what he wanted. They’d craft the bills, ask no questions, and send them to him to be signed. Under the current administration they’re being asked to actually do the job they were sent to D.C. to do, and they hate it.

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