Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Let The Bill Filibuster Itself

Tom Coburn has a great idea. He wants to read the Democrats' Health Care Bill on the floor of the Senate...in its entirety!

Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who developed a close friendship with President Obama when they served together in the Senate, is threatening to have the entire health care bill read on the Senate floor.

Coburn is serious.

“My mission is to frame this health care debate in terms of the fiscal ruin of this country. … I have instructed my staff to clear my schedule for every minute that bill is on the floor.”

Known as "the Senate Naysayer", "Dr. No", and "Dr. I Know Best", Dr. Coburn has a well-established reputation:

Mr. Coburn has complained to other senators about the “timidity” of the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and his deputies. As a member of the House, Mr. Coburn similarly gained a reputation as an acute pain in the tailbone to the Republican leadership.

And if Senator Coburn chooses to continue inflicting pain, he could do a world of good in the effort to stop the mad dash to ram ObamaCare through the Senate:

If Coburn and other Republicans force floor readings of the bill, that may drift into March or April. If Coburn insists on a floor reading every time the bill gets amended, it may be summertime before they can get around to it.

In effect, it would allow Coburn to have the bill filibuster itself.

Let's encourge Dr. Coburn to follow through with his plan. Here is his contact information:

Snail mail, Telephone and Fax

Washington D.C.:
172 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-5754
Fax: 202-224-6008

1800 South Baltimore
Suite 800
Tulsa, OK 74119
Main: 918-581-7651
Fax: 918-581-7195

Oklahoma City:
100 North Broadway
Suite 1820
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Main: 405-231-4941
Fax: 405-231-5051


Coburn plans to read the bill

Push to have ENTIRE health care bill read on Senate Floor

There is hope, because of Senator Tom Coburn

All it takes is one Senator

We need more Coburns in Congress

Reading new legislation is such a chore

Key Senators Could Influence – Even Halt – Action on Health Bill


conservative generation said...

I sure will! thanks for the update :)

I love Colburn

RaDena said...

Wonderful idea. I'm all for it! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm in too.

Rational Nation USA said...

Is an easy sell for me as well. Definitely in too.

Left Coast Rebel said...

RK - Coburn is one of my favorite pols, definitely the top 10. What a brilliant idea this is, I will use the contact info you have here to encourage him to do this.

Alex said...

Let's do indeed. And let's also encourage Leader Reid to use reconciliation to pass health care reform; the same policy that has been debated for several months, and was debated for nearly a year during the Presidential campaign.(What kind of time frame would suffice to justify removing the label, "...mad dash to ram ObamaCare" through the Senate, from this process? Two years, three perhaps?)

Please note, approving of one procedural mechanism (i.e., filibuster) while disapproving of another (i.e., reconciliation) begs the question.

Left Coast Rebel said...

linked at LCR

Janie Lynn said...

I sent him an email. Love the idea!

RightKlik said...

LCR: Thanks

JL: Thank you. We have to support Senators like Coburn.