Democrats have been attempting to push through health care votes in the middle of the night because they know they cannot afford to let the debate linger past Christmas. To counter this, GOP Senate Leadership has begun a strategy to filibuster votes or have amendments read aloud, in order to delay.
One such filibuster was supposed to be of the massive Pentagon bill being voted on after midnight Friday. The Washington Post wrote, “Democrats emerged from a huddle confident that they would muster the 60 votes needed to thwart the GOP effort at blocking the military spending bill … in order to keep the chamber on a timeline of holding a final health-care vote before Christmas.”
All was a go with the GOP Senate strategy until three Senators — who are known not to be the most conservative members of the caucus — broke their promise and voted with the Democrats to end the filibuster: Olympia Snow and Susan Collins of Maine and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas. Their votes effectively shut off debate and forced a final vote the next day, which, in turn, accelerated the process of bringing health care to the floor.
As if the vote wasn’t bad enough, Senator Hutchison’s evolving reasons for doing so have caused a firestorm in Texas from which she may not be able to recover.
RINO Kay Bailey Hutchison helped Harry Reid expedite health care bill to its passage
MIDNIGHT VOTE IN WASHINGTON: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison continues to hide the truth from the American people regarding her decision to vote with 60 Democrats and Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to end a Republican filibuster to delay the passage of health care legislation. On Dec. 19, during an appearance on Fox News, Sen. Hutchison said, “By the time I got to the floor, they had the 60 votes.” SOURCE: 2:32 mark of interview available online at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYMqE_IZMdk&feature=pl…
The facts say otherwise. C-SPAN footage of the vote to end the filibuster clearly shows that when Sen. Hutchison arrived on the Senate floor, the outcome of the vote was still in doubt, and the 60-vote threshold had not yet been reached. (See detailed timeline below; complete footage of vote is available at www.WashingtonKay.com.)
Senator Hutchison is clearly misrepresenting the facts and trying desperately to cover up her decision to side with every Democrat in accelerating the passage of health care legislation, said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. After promising to fight health care, Senator Hutchison abandoned Republicans and stood with Democrats to ensure health care legislation would pass quickly.
So how did these statesmen of conservatism represent my state in the dark night of legislation?Cornyn did not vote. Of 100 individuals in the Senate, only 2% opted out of this vote, with my senator representing half of this.Hutchison, she went one step farther. Rather then attempting to mount a filibuster, rather then trying to fight for one more day in the hallowed halls of legislation that the senate resides in for the liberty of my people, rather then standing for what is right, Hutchison votes to end discussion. She votes to pass the bill. She votes to bring this nation to its knees in the coming decades by taking a meat cleaver to the ankles of a once mighty economy.
WASHINGTON - Tea Party groups in Dallas, Austin and Houston are rallying today at the offices of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to protest her breaking ranks with a GOP filibuster aimed at stalling the Democrats’ health care bill.
"We want to let her know that we are not happy," said Dallas Tea Party leader Phillip Dennis. "If we can’t trust her to fulfill her promises as a senator, how can we trust her as governor?"