We can continue our discussion on faith-based initiatives, but who would have thought that the Senate seat held for decades by Democrat stalwart Sen. Edward Kennedy would go to the Republicans?
The election of Senator Scott Brown represents a seismic shift in the Senate – removing the 60 vote filibuster-proof majority enjoyed by the Democrats. And, as you know, that means the Democrats no longer have the super-majority needed to pass health care reform.
That is the good news. Let’s use this opportunity to do what most Americans want: start over with health care reform. The Senate-passed version of healthcare reform is nothing more than a government-run, pro-abortion plan that simply doesn’t sit well with most Americans. The negative polling numbers on health care reform continue to climb.
With the outcome in Massachusetts clear, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should seat the newly elected Senator without delay and permit him to take part in the legislative process immediately – including casting a vote on health care reform.
I agree with the comments from Senator Webb of Virginia who believes further votes on health care reform should be suspended until the new Senator from Massachusetts is seated.
The Democrat-controlled Congress shouldn’t play games and try to ram this legislation through without giving Sen. Brown an opportunity to weigh-in. Even liberal Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) understands that the will of the people of Massachusetts must be respected.
The message proclaimed by Scott Brown was well received well outside the state boundaries of Massachusetts. As he told his supporters and a nationwide television audience at his victory celebration: “People do not want the trillion dollar health care plan that is being forced on the American people, and this bill is not being debated openly and fairly. It will raise taxes, it will hurt Medicare, it will destroy jobs and run our nation deeper in to debt.”
The people of Massachusetts and America were listening.
What about the Democrat-controlled Congress – do they get the message?
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