Monday, November 22, 2010

Snowe and Collins Support Lawsuit Against Health Care Bill

I hear from a lot people from all political stripes that they would like to see Congress work in a bipartisan manner. I definitely agree with that spirit and have made it a point to include moderate Republicans in my outreach while organizing. With that being said, we now have yet another example of how there are some major issues that must be addressed before we actually see any bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

During the debate surrounding the health care bill, the White House and Democratic leadership spent a significant amount of time reaching out to the moderate Republican senators from Maine. They even made so rather large compromises to make sure their ideas were included in the bill. Nonetheless, both Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are supporting a lawsuit against the health care bill.
Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are co-signing an amicus, or friend of the court, brief to be submitted to the federal court in Florida that will hear a constitutional challenge of the federal health care reform law.

The brief was initiated by U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and boasts signatures of 30 Senate Republicans. The lawsuit was brought by the attorneys general for several states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small-business trade organization.
This is why so many people believe there isn't any bipartisanship in Congress. The Democrats compromise and try to reach out to Republicans, and then we two of the "moderate Republicans" supporting a lawsuit against legislation that would provide health care to millions of Americans.

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