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  •  Democrats are the majority (0+ / 0-)

    in both the House and Senate.

    The American people don't want to hear you can't get a law passed when you have majorities in both houses.

    Resolved, the American people want health care for children.

    Resolved, that there is no possible respectable argument to the contrary.

    Resolved, that the vote to provide health care for all children in America will be held at 2PM today.

    2:14PM August 1, 2007
    Children's health care bill delivered to White House for the President's signature.

    •  If Bush vetoes the bill (0+ / 0-)

      then run commercials that:

      1. Mention Bush's veto
      1. Show a Republican claiming insurance is a responsibility
      1. Claim the nation has a responsibility too.
    •  Another one (0+ / 0-)

      Courtier: "The peasants are hungry."
      Marie Antoinette: "Let them eat cake."
      Bush: "...emergency room.."
      Democrat: "Emergency rooms are for emergencies..."

    •  The Republicans do have the numbers (1+ / 0-)
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      needed in the Senate to obstruct everything if they hold together. Senator Kerry's excellent Senate speech (which can be seen on or on the Senator's Senate website)last week explained very clearly that the Republicans are obstructing legislation in three ways:

      • They are filibustering everything in the Senate - meaning they need 60 votes for everything.
      • They are holding many bills up in the House/Senate conferences.
      • The President has threatened vetoes of many pieces of legislation if they survive the first two tests.

      The Republicans have been making the argument that because the Democrats control both houses they are responsible for getting legislation passed to solve every problem - ignoring that in most cases they (the Republicans) are voting as a block against everything and are using every parlimentary technique in the books to obstruct.

      On Children's Health, the Finance committee approved the Democrat's bill by (I think) 19-4, meaning this bill has strong bi-partisan support. This is an excellent example of Republicans obstructing bi-partisan legislation. The President has already said he will veto it.

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