This afternoon, the Senate, with the help of the VP, passed a motion to proceed for debate on BCRA, 51 – 48. Senator John McCain, ailing from brain cancer, arrived in time to throw millions off the health care system he and other members of Congress, are allowed to keep. Yet McCain insisted on lecturing his colleagues about senate decorum and claims he is against the bill which no-one seems to know its content.
John McCain isn't just a cancer patient cutting off other cancer patients. He's also an 80 year-old cutting off people in nursing homes.
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) July 25, 2017
From the NYT:
On Tuesday, the Arizona Republican ambled gingerly into the Capitol to sustained applause less than two weeks after brain surgery, casting a vote to aid a president who has served as more tormentor than ally.
But moments later in a speech on the Senate floor, Mr. McCain turned what had been an applause-pecked moment for his colleagues — who he saved from an embarrassing failure on the floor — into an ominous cloud for the bill. He said that although he had voted to begin debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act, he would definitely not vote for a Senate health care bill without major changes.
“I stand here today looking a little worse for wear, I’m sure,’’ Mr. McCain said in his speech, the marks of an incision for the removal of a blood clot and tumor clearly visible over his left eye. Noting that he has never been president, Mr. McCain began his remarks celebrating the history and traditions of the Senate, a body he has served in for a generation.
I hope Bernie can persuade his colleagues to object to things in the bill that don’t pass the Byrd Rule. Unfortunately, more phone calls will have to made in the meantime and more reporting (ie twitter) will have to be done to see what those who voted for MTP will get to propose. Here’s the tweet where Bernie does his call to arms after the MTP was passed.
This is America, we are not going to pass legislation that allows thousands of people to die. pic.twitter.com/oMQpOiwkFw
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 25, 2017
Consider this an open thread.