The other day Tom Coburn(R-OK) asked people to pray that someone will not show up to vote for health care reform so that the Democrats will not be able to reach their 60 filibuster proof vote.
Apparently James Inhofe (R-OK) did not understand that Coburn was hoping Democrats would not show up, so Inhofe decided not to show up for the second vote.
This was the reaction from one of the tea party wingnuts who called in to talk to Coburn on CSPAN:
“Yeah doctor. Our small tea bag group here in Waycross, we got our vigil together and took Dr. Coburn’s instructions and prayed real hard that Sen. Byrd would either die or couldn’t show up at the vote the other night.”
“How hard did you pray because I see one of our members was missing this morning. Did it backfire on us? One of our members died? How ..continue reading
With the 60 votes required to avoid a filibuster from the Republicans the Senate is finally ready to vote on health care reform.
But first a word from the chief obstructionist Tom Coburn (R-OK).
“What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray.”
What an idiot.
Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens extended a temporary restraining order on a law that would post information online about women who get abortions in the state.
The restraining order will be in effect until February when there will be a hearing about whether the law should be struck down.
Oklahoma, the state that brought us the chief obstructionist in the Senate, Tom Coburn and that other climate change clown James Inhofe decided that it would be a good idea to post detailed information on the web about women who have abortions in the state. The information does not include the names but using the data that is collected many women could easily be identified.
State Sen. Todd Lamb who drafted the legislation said that this was “a common sense measure with bipartisan support.” He added ”We’re not trying to embarrass anybody, hurt anybody or make anybody’s identities known. That’s not the purpose of the legislation. We ..continue reading
The Hill reports that “Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and David Vitter (R-La.) are preparing an amendment to force members of Congress into any public option health plan that becomes law”.
This is in an effort to scare Congress men and women to vote against health care reform in case a public option is included.
Sen. Sherod Brown (D-OH) said that he wants to co-sponsor the bill but that Cobrun and Vitter will not let him.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said, “If [the public option] is good enough for the American people — and they don’t think it is — then it ought to be good enough for Congress.”
I think it is time for the Republicans to put up or shut up.
Brown stated “I’ve called their office four times. I’m proud of the public option, I think it would be great and we ought to join it and show the country how good it is. I think ..continue reading
The Marine Times reports that Senator Coburn (R-OK), known as Dr. NO for obstructing anything that comes across his desk, is now holding up a bill that would provide benefits to veterans.
“Thirteen major military and veterans groups have joined forces to try to force one senator — Republican Tom Coburn of Oklahoma — to release a hold that he has placed on a major veterans benefits bill.”
“Coburn has been identified by Senate aides as the lawmaker preventing consideration of S 1963, the Veterans’ Caregiver and Omnibus Health Benefits Act of 2009, by using an informal but legal practice of putting a hold on a bill.”
The Veterans’ groups wrote the House Majority leader Harry Reid
“It is essential that Congress act on this comprehensive measure without further delay,” the letter reads. “Thousands of disabled veterans with serious medical conditions and the family members who care for them are counting on this ..continue reading