Senate Democrats have made an offer for Sen. David Vitter: You can have a vote on your health care amendment, but you have to live with the outcome.He's never going to get 60 votes for this and he knows it, so his only reason for refusing to agree with Democrats to have the vote and be done with it is just that: it would be done with. He wouldn't be able to gum up the works on other pieces of legislation by insisting on his amendment. He also persists in thinking that this bill somehow divides Democrats, that it's a politically difficult one for them. It's not. Which is why they are willing to have this stand-alone vote on it.
The idea is to get the issue out of the way once and for all, so Vitter doesn’t continuously push for a vote on virtually every bill that comes to the floor, according to several people familiar with the matter. The Vitter plan—which would kill federal dollars to help pay for lawmakers’ and their aides’ Obamacare coverage—has become a major sticking point as the Louisiana Republican has demanded a vote ...
A Vitter aide said the senator will not agree to the request from Senate Democrats that he not bring up his amendment again during this Congress.
But Vitter just isn't smart enough to figure any of this out, so he's probably just going to keep plugging away with this dumb idea that everybody hates just to make life difficult for Senate Democrats who maybe want to get some stuff done. Because he can. Because he's part of the world's greatest deliberative body.