Tom Coburn Follows Jim Bunning In Screwing Much Of America

The Republican Party has a never ending supply of people willing to step up to screw American. Last month it was Jim Bunning. This month it is Tom Coburn, with the GOP leadership backing him. Coburn has blocked acceptance by unanimous consent spending including of extensions of unemployment payments, subsidies for Cobra payments, and extension of Medicare and Tricare payments at current levels.

Last month Bunning backed down following a threat that he would have to remain to physically filibuster. This time we have to wait longer to see if the problem is fixed as Congress is going on a two week break. The Democrats hope that pressure from constituents who are harmed by this measure will lead the Republicans to back down.

While I would prefer that Harry Reid had kept the Senate in session until this was resolved there is at least one benefit to this break. President Obama has taken advantage of it to install fifteen recess appointees to avoid further Republican filibusters. The Republicans have exercise what the White House is accurately calling An Unprecedented Level of Obstruction in delaying these appointees, who have waited an average of 214 days for Senate confirmation.

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    Janet says:

    RT @watergatesummer: RT @ronchusid Tom Coburn Follows Jim Bunning In Screwing Much Of America http://bit.ly/93U9VR // Almost all of america…almost..

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    Janet says:

    RT @watergatesummer: RT @ronchusid Tom Coburn Follows Jim Bunning In Screwing Much Of America http://bit.ly/93U9VR // Almost all of america…almost..

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    NatetheGrate says:

    Well, I guess the president has to do what he has to do. If senators refuse to even vote on his nominations, he’s got to make recess appointments to keep the government functioning. But it’s really hard to remember any time in the last 30 years that the U.S. government was so divided, and I certainly with Republicans in the senate would cut the crap and start acting like U.S. officials, not partisan hacks.

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