Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins:
When Majority Leader Mitch McConnell woke up this morning, he knew today was about one thing: moving on. Whether that meant moving on to the much-awaited health care debate or moving on to another strategy, no one knew.
Halfway through the GOP’s weekly lunch, even the senators themselves had no idea how the rest of the day would unfold. But one thing was certain — the afternoon would be a defining moment for the repeal effort that put Republicans in power.
And in a huge boost to the GOP’s morale, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) was there to see it. Despite his own health care scare, the Arizona leader made the long trip to D.C. to join what he hoped would be history in the making.
“Many of us have waited literally years for this moment to finally arrive,” Senator McConnell said, “and at long last, it has.” With McCain on deck, the Republicans did what seemed impossible only a few days before — voted to proceed on the debate that millions of American people have been waiting for.
After days of uncertainty, common sense ultimately prevailed, and by the narrowest of margins, the Senate agreed to press forward on a rollback of Obama’s failure of a health care law. “Sometimes you have to stand up and be counted,” said a Hill staffer. “You have to have a clarifying vote.” And Americans got one.
In the end, only liberal Republicans Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) defied constituents, voting to end the discussion before it began. Despite having fair warning about Collins’s defection, fellow Republicans could only shake their heads.
“It’s inexplicable to me why anyone — including Democrats — wouldn’t vote to allow us to debate the bill and offer amendments,” Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) told reporters. After all, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pointed out, the motion to proceed is the logical place to start fixing the measure’s problem areas.
“Any senator can introduce any amendment that he or she wishes … that’s the way the process works.” Obviously, Collins and her Democratic friends would rather obstruct the conversation than further it.