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Byrd Opposed Hillary-Care Reconciliation

From C-SPAN:


Text From the Congressional Record

March 5, 2001

In 1993, my own Democratic leadership–now, listen to this. In 1993, my own Democratic leadership pleaded with me. How many of my friends on the Republican side today would stand as firm as the Rock of Gibraltar as I did on that occasion? The Democratic leadership pleaded with me at length to agree to support the idea that the Clinton health care bill should be included in that year’s reconciliation package. They came to my office on the floor below. Not only did Majority Leader George Mitchell and others of my colleagues attempt to persuade me to go along and not raise a point of order under the Byrd rule, which would require 60 votes to waive, President Clinton got on the phone and called me also and pressed me to allow his massive health care bill to be insulated by reconciliation’s protection. He called me on the telephone. Here is the President of the United States calling this lowly former coal town boy and asking me to let his huge health bill come before the Senate on that fast track. I could not, in good conscience, however, look the other way and not make that point of order and allow what would clearly have been an abuse of congressional intent to occur.

How many others would do that today on that side of the aisle, stand against their President. Well, perhaps that is not too important.

I felt that changes as dramatic as the Clinton health care package, which would affect every man, woman, and child in the United States, should be subject to scrutiny. I said: Mr. President, I cannot in good conscience turn my face the other way. That is why we have a Senate–to amend and to debate freely–and that health bill, important as it is, is so complex, so far reaching that the people of this country need to know what is in it and, moreover, Mr. President, we Senators need to know what is in it

And, as we have noted often before, to his credit Mr. Byrd still opposes using ‘budget reconciliation’ to pass healthcare reform.

And Mr. Byrd invented reconciliation.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Byrd Opposed Hillary-Care Reconciliation”

  1. Helena says:

    He begins talking about reconciliation around 443:20.

    • JohnMG says:

      Somebody needs to ask him about it now……..if he can stay awake long enough to hear the whole question.

      …..”How many others would…….stand against their President?…..”

      Obama to Byrd: “Sorry Senator, that was Clinton. The difference now is, you have me.”

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Maybe it’s time for congress to give Obama “the Byrd”.

  3. canary says:

    Obama goes into great conflict over Byrd’s speech, in understanding the Senate is important, but says Byrd started his leadership as a member of the KKK, and that filibusters is what delayed the South’s change. Obama claims that Byrd was against MoveOn.org. Obama felt Byrd and his type being blind to the whip & chains.
    And surprising, since Harry Reid just blasted Republican Senator Doctor Tom Coburn of attempting a filibuster at the recent health care summit stage show between the Democrats & Republicans, Obama wrote that Obama health care stage summit , Obama admits the Democrats loved threatening to use filibusters.
    Obama claimed Harry Reid called the filibuster “a big wet kiss to the far right”.
    But, it’s okay for Harry Reid to object to giving the Senate time to read the 2000 plus health bill, yet alone discuss it. What a hypocrite.
    So, when Obama met with Byrd, Byrd gave him a bunch of bounded books on Senate proceedings.
    And more notable, is when Obama asked Byrd what advice he could give him, Byrd reiterated the most important advice was not to rush. Senators were in to much a rush. To much in a rush to get to WH.

  4. Tater Salad says:

    For what it’s worth………


    Below is the transcript of the sermon of the pastor of a predominantly black church in Virginia. This man is obviously a leader and a Bible-thinker. It is amazing to see that very little has changed in 4,000 years.

    Good morning, brothers and sisters; it’s always a delight to see the pews crowded on Sunday morning and people so eager to get into God’s Word. Turn with me in your Bibles, if you will, to the 47th chapter of Genesis, we’ll begin our reading at verse 13 and go through verse 27. (Read Genesis 47:13-27.)

    We see that economic hard times fell upon Egypt, and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with this for them. Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed the grain in great storehouses that he had built. The people brought their money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly in return for grain.

    This went on until their money ran out, and they were hungry again. When they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their
    livestock – their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkey – to barter for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through
    the end of that year..

    But the famine wasn’t over, was it? So the next year, the people came before Pharaoh and admitted they had nothing left, except
    their land and their own lives. “There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. Why should we die before
    your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we will be servants to Pharaoh.” So they surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to Pharaoh’s government, and then sold themselves into slavery to him, in return for grain.

    What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters? That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider
    in hard times only leads to slavery? Yes. That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master?
    But look how that passage ends, brothers and sisters! Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen… And they gained possessions in it and were fruitful and multiplied greatly.” God provided for His people, just as He always has! They didn’t end up giving all their possessions to government, no, it says they gained possessions!

    But I also tell you a great truth today and an ominous one. We see the same thing happening today – the government today
    wants to “share the wealth” once again, to take it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants to take control of healthcare, just as it has taken control of education, and ration it back to us, and when government rations it, government decides who gets it and how much and what kind. And if we go along with it and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did four thousand years ago – as slaves to the government, and as slaves to our leaders.

    What Mr. Obama’s government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh’s government did then, and it will end the same. A lot of people like to call Mr. Obama a “Messiah,” don’t they? Is he a Messiah? A Savior? Didn’t the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh?” Well, I tell you this – I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and Mr. Obama is no Messiah! No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh.

    Bow with me in prayer.
    Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You and You alone. We confess that the government is not our Deliverer, and never rightly will be. We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people of what a ruler would do: “And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” Lord, we acknowledge that day has come. We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation. Have mercy on us and forgive us, Lord, for not seeking You first. Lord, we pray for our nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance from those who would be our masters. Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You, We ask You, Lord, to please protect Your people from Pharaoh’s government.
    In God We Trust… AMEN

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