Republicans Kill 9/11 Health Bill

Anyone who lives in New York most likely knows someone whose health suffered as a result of being a first responder at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. It’s scandalous that many of those people, whose actions can fairly be described as heroic, have not been guaranteed health care to recognize what they did for the rest of us on that day and the days following as the rescue efforts continued. Just when it finally looked as though a health bill would become law, Republicans played politics and have scuppered the bill, as reported by Politico.com:

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) kept up pressure on Republicans Monday, pointing to their vote against a health care bill for Sept. 11 workers as an example that “nothing is above politics for them.”

Weiner launched into a now famous tirade on the floor of the House last week after Republicans voted against the bill for rescue workers because Democrats decided to not allow amendments to the bill, requiring a two-thirds majority for the vote and Republican support.

Republicans — including Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the bill’s co-sponsor — protested the Democrats’ use of the tactic in voting down the bill.

Weiner contended that Republicans raised no issues with the bill prior to the vote and only did so for political reasons.

“If this was not a noncontroversial bill, I have yet to see one,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, “and it would have been noncontroversial had the Republicans not made this a process argument. … Frankly, I think most Americans don’t really care what section of the calendar it comes up on, what day it comes up on, what the rules are. They want to see their representative vote up or down on some of these things.”

“This is Republican tactics and strategy, and nothing to do with the 9/11 bill,” he continued. “The 9/11 bill was the evidence that nothing is above politics for them.”

Republican opponents of the bill have balked at the $7.4 billion cost of the program…

[continues at Politico.com]

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  • Your Mom

    Forgive my threadjack, but I doubt anyone will post this news otherwise:

    “Raul Castro says state will reduce economic role … HAVANA – Raul Castro said Sunday that his government will scale back controls on small businesses, lay off unnecessary workers and allow more self-employment — significant steps in a country where the state dominates nearly every facet of the economy.

    “Cuba's president, however, squashed notions of a sweeping overhaul to the country's communist economic system in response to the financial crisis it faces.

    “With experience accumulated in more than 55 years of revolutionary struggle, it doesn't seem like we're doing too badly, nor that desperation or frustration have been our companions along the way,” the president said.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100802/ap_on_bi_ge

    I.e., for a country that oppresses its people and locks up homosexuals in concentration camps, things aren't quite as shitty as in other Communist countries. Compared to, say, Cambodia circa 1979, we're practically a sea cruise.”

    • Andrew

      You could have tried submitting this story using the button near the top of the page. That wouldn't have risked derailing discussion of the corruption of the Republican Party. I'm sure you don't want people to suspect you're intentionally proffering a red herring, despicable though some of Cuba's policies are.

      • Thomgboard

        Andrew, Andrew, dig a little deeper and find out why even some annointed Democrats voted no. It has nothing to do with helping our nation’s heros, but more to stop the scroundrels in the Democratic congress. But I guess you like Nancy Pelosi’s way of doing business, we have to pass bills to find out what’s in them. Yeah, and unemployment creates jobs, let’s all go on unemployment and then maybe we will have overemployment? LOL

  • Connie Dobbs

    Well DUH!!!!! NYC doesn't vote republican unless it's a for wacky mayor who'll either go nutters or independent by the time their term is up. You're damn skipping fucking RIGHT they would have never done this shit if it happened in Dallas or Atlanta.

  • Haystack

    They've been starting wars and curtailing civil liberties in these people's names for years now, but they can't be bothered to help them out in the simplest and most obvious ways.

    I guess that would be socialism or whatever.

  • Anti_American Government SUCKS

    It was NOT ONLY republicans, the dems committed the same sin also.

  • MKULTRA23

    such a weiner

  • seamusdubh

    There's quit a few things that were left out here and in the reporting of the vote.

    First this bill has been in process for SEVERAL years. With the part of the no amendments that only was in concerning Republican amendments. Biggest reason it was voted down was because of amendments that had nothing to do with insurance for 1st responders. i.e. immigration reform. Which is why several Democrats voted no for and didn't get reported.
    Also the Democrats haven't NEEDED to count on Republican votes to pass anything for the past few years, they have controlling and voting majority. If they can get past their own infighting or the need for cover with getting Republican votes they could pass anything they wanted.

  • Anonymous

    What isn’t talked about here, is that the real reason why Republicans were voting against this, was because it was paid for by removing a tax loophole that allowed mega-corps to escape paying American taxes by offshoring their incorporation in places like the Caymans.

    The truth of the matter is that Republicans like Swiss banker types better than 9/11 first responders.

  • 5by5

    What isn't talked about here, is that the real reason why Republicans were voting against this, was because it was paid for by removing a tax loophole that allowed mega-corps to escape paying American taxes by offshoring their incorporation in places like the Caymans.

    The truth of the matter is that Republicans like Swiss banker types better than 9/11 first responders.

  • Thomgboard

    Andrew, Andrew, dig a little deeper and find out why even some annointed Democrats voted no. It has nothing to do with helping our nation’s heros, but more to stop the scroundrels in the Democratic congress. But I guess you like Nancy Pelosi’s way of doing business, we have to pass bills to find out what’s in them. Yeah, and unemployment creates jobs, let’s all go on unemployment and then maybe we will have overemployment? LOL