Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has infuriated Democrats this week by commandeering the Senate floor, demanding a vote on his amendment repealing federal contributions to help pay for lawmakers’ health care coverage.One word: diapers.
But Democratic senators are preparing a legislative response targeting a sordid Vitter episode. If Vitter continues to insist on a vote on his proposal, Democrats could counter with one of their own: Lawmakers will be denied those government contributions if there is “probable cause” they solicited prostitutes.
According to draft legislation obtained by POLITICO, Democrats are weighing whether to force a Senate vote on a plan that would effectively resurrect Vitter’s past if the conservative Republican continues to press forward with his Obamacare-bashing proposal.
That'd be a nice reminder for everyone, as Vitter contemplates a run for governor of Louisiana in 2015. For right now he's all bluster, saying this is Harry Reid "acting like an old-time Vegas mafia thug, and a desperate one at that." But all that bluster might not be backed up by Vitter's fellow Republicans, who might not want to champion their sleazy colleague on the Senate floor.