November 07, 2007

Hanging kids on a compromise

The Chron (via Kuffner) had an article up recently (last week... I got busy and ignored it) regarding Kay Bailey Hutchison's flip-flop on S-CHIP.

Hutchison, a longtime defender of the SCHIP program, said Wednesday that she cast her vote in protest of the Democrats' refusal to hash out a deal with the White House. She made it clear, though, that she will support the legislation when it comes to a final vote.

"Regrettably, today's procedural vote in the Senate was on SCHIP legislation that was passed by the House without any collaboration with the president," she said. "Some in Congress have chosen to play politics with this issue, rather than sit down and negotiate a bipartisan compromise."

Hutchison urged Democratic leaders to "abandon this political gamesmanship and work toward a bill the president will sign."

But it was a Senate Republican leader, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who forced the bill to the floor even as Democrats were willing to allow more time for the bill's Democratic and Republican supporters to negotiate.

Kay, doll, the President and every other Republican should be on their knees supporting this version of the bill. More than 70% of the country does. Sticking with the President on this issue is a bad move, especially since he's the one hell bent on playing games with the health of children.

Yeah, this isn't an issue you want to oppose D's on, especially in light of the fact that R's don't have a very good record on voting to help the middle class.

Posted by mcblogger at November 7, 2007 03:40 PM

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