Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Waaaaah, we don't want health care reform

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 2:55 PM

We all remember that one kid in kindergarten that everybody hated.

If he didn't get on the tire swing, or didn't get to go first at Show and Tell, or didn't get the biggest piece of cake, he'd throw himself on his back and scream and squeal like a spoiled little pig.

Sen. Mark Udall
  • Sen. Mark Udall

I bring this up for a reason.

Today, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and state Sen. Dan Gibbs of Silverthorne were planning to have a Senate hearing to talk about — and this is about as innocuous as it gets — the destruction caused by the bark beetle infestation, and how we might stop the nasty little bastards from destroying our forests.

Unfortunately, that hearing has been canceled because some Republicans — angry over the passage of health care reform — have thrown their maturity to the wind. These Republicans, apparently, are using everything at their disposal to bring our system of government to a halt until they get their way.

Now, many Americans are agreeing to disagree on health care reform. And that's OK. But blocking a bark beetle conference? Come on, guys.

For the sake of decency, let's all hope these cantankerous conservatives will tire of punching pillows in the time out corner and pull themselves together.

This from an Associated Press story:

DENVER (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and a Colorado state senator have gotten caught in the crossfire over health care.

A hearing Tuesday on Udall's bill to protect communities from bark beetles was canceled after Republicans angry over the passage of health insurance reform legislation blocked it by using an obscure Senate rule requiring a unanimous consent to hold hearings scheduled after 2 p.m.

One of the witnesses set to testify at the hearing was Colorado state Sen. Dan Gibbs.
Udall says he hopes to get the hearing rescheduled this week.

And this from Udall's office:

**IMPORTANT UPDATE: Today’s hearing on Senator Udall’s bark beetle legislation has been canceled due to Republican Obstruction**

Washington, D.C. — Today’s scheduled hearing on Senator Mark Udall’s bill to protect communities from wildfire and falling trees as a result of bark beetle infestation has been canceled due to Republican obstructionism. Angry over the passage of health insurance reform legislation, Republican leaders are using an arcane rule, which requires the unanimous consent of Senators in both parties to agree to hearings scheduled after 2 p.m., and have objected to the bark beetle hearing and vowed not to cooperate with Democrats for the rest of the year.

Senator Udall today strongly urged Republican leaders to stop their political maneuvering and allow the hearing about a critical public safety issue to be re-scheduled this week. One of the witnesses set to testify at the hearing was Colorado State Senator Dan Gibbs.

“It is critical that this hearing go forward — especially with Senator Gibbs in Washington to explain how important this bipartisan bill is to Coloradans. Delay just prevents urgently needed resources from going to Colorado communities threatened by beetle-killed trees,” Senator Udall said. “I strongly urge my colleagues to re-think their strategy — this is a matter of public safety, and that’s too important for political gamesmanship.”

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