Tuesday, October 30, 2007

House Republicans Lash Out at Majority Leader Over SCHIP

As they should be doing. If the Democrats were willing to compromise with Republicans on this issue over the valid concerns Republicans have with income caps, and coverage for illegal immigrants and adults, we would have the SCHIP debate resolved. Instead, the Dems want to play politics over childrens' health, which is disgusting.

And if the Dems were willing to work with Republicans on this issue in the beginning, they wouldn't be dealing with

In a closed-door meeting before the last vote on the children’s health care bill, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer appealed for the support of about 30 wavering Republican lawmakers. What he got instead was a tongue-lashing, participants said.

The GOP lawmakers, all of whom had expressed interest in a bipartisan deal on the SCHIP legislation, were furious that the Democratic leader from Maryland had not reached out to them in a more serious way early on. They also criticized him and Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois for failing to stop his allies outside Congress from running attack ads in their districts, while they were discussing a bipartisan deal.
If the Dems really cared about childrens' health, they would not be playing political football over this issue. Sadly, all they care about is running attack ads against fine congressmen like Randy Kuhl, thinking they'll win more seats next year by doing so. Fortunately, because the truth is getting out, and with congressional job approval in the toilet because of this and other concerns that the American people have with the Dem leadership, that won't happen!

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