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While you were sleeping: The Vampire Congress strikes again
MichelleMalkin.com ^ | March 25, 2010 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 03/24/2010 10:54:45 PM PDT by Blonde

As you all know, I’m on semi-vacation with my family. It’s 10:00pm Pacific time and after putting everyone to bed, I decided to check in online and turn on the TV. I flipped through C-SPAN thinking I’d be able to catch up on re-runs of the day’s business…only to find the Senate still live and in session at 1:00am Eastern voting on Demcare amendments.

Yes, the Vampire Congress is back in business again — shirking the glare of daylight as it tables Republican motion after motion. A final vote on the wreckonciliation bill is expected at around 3:00-6:00am Eastern this morning.

Here’s a list of some of the GOP amendments to the wreconciliation bill (click on link for more info):

* Senator Gregg: Protect Medicare Savings * Senator McCain: Remove Sweetheart Deals * Senator Crapo: No Tax Hikes for Families Earning Under $250,000 * Senator Enzi: Strike the Employer Mandate * Senator Barrasso: Requires Legislation Not Increase Premiums * Senator Grassley: Requires President, Congress Enroll in Exchange * Senator Alexander: Reduce Student Loan Interest Rate * Senator LeMieux: Members On Medicaid * Senator Coburn: Bars Sex Offenders from Receiving E.D. Drugs * Senator Hutchison: State Opt Out * Senator Hatch: Block Medicare Advantage Cuts * Senator Collins: Waive Employer Mandate Tax * Senator Thune: Strike CLASS Act * Senator Cornyn: Remove New Taxes on Investments * Senator Hatch: Protect Wounded Soldiers from Medical Device Tax * Senator Inhofe: Protect Pediatrics and Disabled from Medical Device Tax * Senator Crapo: Protect Cancer Patients from Medical Device Tax * Senators Roberts, Inhofe, Brown, Crapo: Strike Medical Device Tax * Senator Burr: Tricare and Veterans Health Programs * Senator Roberts: Rationing * Senator Roberts: Critical Access Hospitals * Senator Vitter: Repeals Democrats’ Health Care Bill

Go here for the roll call votes.

Among the more noteworthy votes taken so far:

Sen. Coburn’s attempt to bar Viagra for sex offenders was tabled by 57-42. Democrat Sens. Bayh and Nelson voted with the Republicans.

Sen. Vitter’s motion to repeal the Demcare takeover was tabled by 58-39.

The Hill is also up tonight covering the dwellers in darkness:

As of 11:30 p.m., the chamber had defeated 19 straight Republican proposals and adopted none.

There were no Democratic amendments proposed, and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is under pressure to preserve the bill intact, which would prevent it from having to be sent back to the House. The House already approved the reconciliation bill in its session last weekend.

A spokesman for Reid’s office said instead of adjourning, the evening’s continuous voting has put the chamber within reach of a final vote in the wee hours of Thursday — possibly between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Although 20 hours of debate are normally required, Democrats surrendered their half of that time on Wednesday morning, and GOP leaders decided later in the day against a strategy of filing repeated amendments.

Democratic leaders are moving the bill through the Senate under special parliamentary rules, known as the reconciliation process, under which they only need to amass 51 votes, meaning they can afford to lose several members of their party. Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin, whose rulings were critical to the state of the bill, had not issued any rulings to adversely affect the bill as of 11:30 p.m.

I’ll update through the night. Stay tuned.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010; bhohealthcare; communism; congress; deathcare; democrats; elections; healthcare; liberalfascism; malkin; nuclearoption; obamacare; obamaloons; reconciliation; socialism; socialisthealthcare; tableeverything; tyranny
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A spokesman for Reid’s office said instead of adjourning, the evening’s continuous voting has put the chamber within reach of a final vote in the wee hours of Thursday — possibly between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. It's on right now on cspan2
1 posted on 03/24/2010 10:54:45 PM PDT by Blonde
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To: Blonde

Meanwhile the total destruction of the Senate is underway. Bye bye filibuster, it was nice while you lasted.

Two-bit tin pot tyranny ahead, buckle up.


2 posted on 03/24/2010 10:58:42 PM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: Tarpon

I could not believe it when I turned it on - in the middle of the night...


3 posted on 03/24/2010 10:59:57 PM PDT by Blonde
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To: Tarpon

Dems should be on notice: Every dog has their day.


4 posted on 03/24/2010 11:00:22 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Blonde

So much for transparency by the socialists who now run our Government. ZERO is like a tin pot dicator with his stooges Reid and Pelosi.


5 posted on 03/24/2010 11:01:13 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Rick Perry - TX Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: Blonde

bump


6 posted on 03/24/2010 11:01:43 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: Blonde

They will stop at nothing. With no filibuster it’s all open season on America.


7 posted on 03/24/2010 11:04:16 PM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: Tarpon

The bandit regime running the Govt now, can via their gangsta methods, ram thru any and everything.

Only the Courts have a chance to stop them. Though the Courts tried and failed to stop Chavez.


8 posted on 03/24/2010 11:07:42 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (Christmas 2009: Democrats give us Obama Cr*pCare, the t*rd that keeps on stinking.)
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To: Tarpon

They get to tuck more stuff into this reconciliation if they want. It looks like they won’t. That expends their one chance at doing reconciliation for this budget year cycle. There is one more budget year cycle coming up where reconciliation can be done once more. Supposedly only fund raising and expenditure related stuff can go into a reconciliation. I don’t think they can put an amnesty law into a reconciliation, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try.


9 posted on 03/24/2010 11:09:45 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Blonde
"A spokesman for Reid’s office said instead of adjourning, the evening’s continuous voting has put the chamber within reach of a final vote in the wee hours of Thursday — possibly between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. It's on right now on cspan2"

Reid is not so much a vampire as a replica for the cartoon character Snoopy The Dog. I am ashamed he comes from this state. I plead this defense. Liberals from the state to the west infecting us are responsible for it. We hate the bastard in my neck of the woods.

10 posted on 03/24/2010 11:09:45 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: Blonde
"GOP leaders decided later in the day against a strategy of filing repeated amendments."

Why? Seems to me that they ought to use every possible delaying and obstruction tactic known to man to bungle up the works. They need to be using every weapon at their disposal to fight this - not standing down, in any way.

Leave it to our RINOs in the House of Lords to concede the field to the enemy.

11 posted on 03/24/2010 11:25:31 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Blonde
Patience comrades. The day of reckoning is coming for these Democratic Party criminals.
12 posted on 03/24/2010 11:26:25 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: Blonde

Update 2:10am Eastern. They are now voting on the Hutchison amendment to make permanent certain sales and marriage tax provisions that were set to expire. The amendment falls, 40-55.

Oh, dear. Al Franken has taken over as presiding officer.


13 posted on 03/24/2010 11:27:19 PM PDT by Blonde
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To: Blonde; ExTexasRedhead

Are the Republicans there?


14 posted on 03/24/2010 11:38:50 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Blonde

*


15 posted on 03/24/2010 11:39:32 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (John has a long mustache)
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To: Blonde

Stuart is in the House? Oh my, it’s the Senate!


16 posted on 03/24/2010 11:50:36 PM PDT by ScoopAmma
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To: SmokingJoe

Seriously now. Where is Byrd?


17 posted on 03/24/2010 11:52:40 PM PDT by ScoopAmma
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To: Blonde

Update: 2:43am Senate adjourns, parliamentarian ruling will send Wreckonciliation bill back to the House

Update 2:43am Eastern After tabling more GOP amendments, a pale, hoarse Harry Reid calls for adjournment. Befuddled Franken announces: “I guess we’re adjourned.”

Meantime, wire services are reporting that a Senate parliamentarian ruling agreeing with GOP points of order will send the Wreckonciliation bill back to the House.

Like I said: It ain’t over ’til it’s over…and it’s only just begun.

The hits just keep on coming.


18 posted on 03/24/2010 11:56:55 PM PDT by Blonde
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To: Blonde

I watched the final “motion”. What part of this horrid bill is subject to reconciliation?


19 posted on 03/25/2010 12:00:41 AM PDT by ScoopAmma
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To: Windflier

I said this on another thread but I’m really ticked off about the Senate Republicans so I’m repeating it:

I think they need to go through all of the amendments - every last one - for the people they are there to represent, for principle and for posterity. It’s the least they can do after the most disastrous legislation in history was just forced on we the people. Snowe should be made to get up and read them all, too, in five inch spike heels with no potty breaks.


20 posted on 03/25/2010 12:01:57 AM PDT by Natural Born 54
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To: ScoopAmma

I have not a clue ? Reid looked like he was going to drop - I was hoping someone would fill me in on what I was seeing - other then Franken acting like the idiot he is.


21 posted on 03/25/2010 12:02:58 AM PDT by Blonde
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To: Blonde

I need to pray a rosary. I agree with you. Reid looked that he was going to drop. Forgive me Mother of Mary.


22 posted on 03/25/2010 12:05:58 AM PDT by ScoopAmma
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To: Blonde
If Michelle Malkin is up and lurking, she should check THIS gem from Free Republic just now:

"HEALTH CARE VICTORY" (Commmunist Party U.S.A. Newspaper Applauds Passage Of Obamacare: No Joke): Peoples World Newspapers, (Communist Party U.S.A.) 24 March 2010 | PW Editorial Board (i.e. a bunch of COMMUNISTS) (Link)

23 posted on 03/25/2010 12:09:32 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Tea Party 2009-2010 a SMASHING SUCCESS! Massive civil disobedience stopped Obamacare once & for all.)
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To: Blonde

I do have to admit that through all of this grief I have never been so humored! My husband has not had a paycheck since last April 1. There really is nothing more sad as knowing that you played by the rules and rulers screwed you over. It is what it is. Now matter how pissed I am I and my family will survive.


24 posted on 03/25/2010 12:15:20 AM PDT by ScoopAmma
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To: ScoopAmma

I know exactly how you feel. We have to have faith that in the end the good guys will prevail;)


25 posted on 03/25/2010 12:56:09 AM PDT by Blonde
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To: Blonde

For those confused as much as I by the update,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8586492.stm


26 posted on 03/25/2010 1:44:15 AM PDT by publana (Time to go Galt.)
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To: Blonde

How can you bar Viagra for felons but allow felons to vote? Also, on that subject, how can you allow felons to vote but NOT also give them back their 2nd Amendment rights as well? I didn’t think you could pick-N-choose due process?? I don’t think they should get any “rights” back, but I am wondering how the Marxists can pick and choose like this??


27 posted on 03/25/2010 2:30:20 AM PDT by NurseZac
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How can you bar Viagra for felons but allow felons to vote

...we just got done passing a stupid bill 70% of the American people don't want WITHOUT having elected representatives voting on it....that's why felons can vote

28 posted on 03/25/2010 3:32:34 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Blonde

The war on America has begun.


29 posted on 03/25/2010 3:45:27 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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>GOP leaders decided later in the day against a strategy of filing repeated amendments.

Why?! The idea is to make it as hard as possible to install this communist garbage.

I hope they have a good reason!


30 posted on 03/25/2010 4:12:04 AM PDT by soycd
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To: Blonde

Sen. Vitter’s motion to repeal the Demcare takeover was tabled by 58-39.

WTF? 39?


31 posted on 03/25/2010 4:13:45 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Biggirl

The war began last November when Obama with the help of ACORN and complicit Sec. of State’s allowed him and his party to steal the election.


32 posted on 03/25/2010 4:35:18 AM PDT by Brytani (Good Morning Comrades!!! FUBO)
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To: Tarpon

Meanwhile the total destruction of the Senate is underway. Bye bye filibuster, it was nice while you lasted.

Two-bit tin pot tyranny ahead, buckle up.
++++++++++++++++

We’ll restore the rules, and put these tin pots in prison.


33 posted on 03/25/2010 4:35:28 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773 & pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: Brytani

HOWEVER- the Senate was able to find a couple of things and now the bill HAS been sent BACK to the House! They have to vote on it again!!


34 posted on 03/25/2010 4:40:07 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat veteran)
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To: Blonde

“Oh, dear. Al Franken has taken over as presiding officer.”

Is this a Saturday Night Live skit?


35 posted on 03/25/2010 4:41:45 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773 & pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: Blonde
I love this exchange from the article:

Update 2:43am Eastern After tabling more GOP amendments, a pale, hoarse Harry Reid calls for adjournment. Befuddled Franken announces: “I guess we’re adjourned.” Official adjournment gaveled at 2:56am Eastern.

Andy Levy tweets in reply to my report on Reid’s grim appearance: “‘And I looked, and behold a pale hoarse Harry Reid.’ (Revelation 6:8)”

…And Hell followed with him.
36 posted on 03/25/2010 4:42:20 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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Update 2:43am Eastern After tabling more GOP amendments, a pale, hoarse Harry Reid calls for adjournment. Befuddled Franken announces: “I guess we’re adjourned.” Official adjournment gaveled at 2:56am Eastern.

Andy Levy tweets in reply to my report on Reid’s grim appearance: “‘And I looked, and behold a pale hoarse Harry Reid.’ (Revelation 6:8)”

…And Hell followed with him.

You owe me a new keyboard!

37 posted on 03/25/2010 4:44:46 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: Blonde

......* Senator Hatch: Block Medicare Advantage Cuts *.....

I guess this was defeated. The Dark Side still prevails against us. The Death Star must be destroyed

My Medicare (medicare advantage)health insurance is going up and coverage down. I will be taxed. Did Obama bet his life on the veracity of his words?


38 posted on 03/25/2010 4:45:16 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: NurseZac

“I don’t think they should get any “rights” back, but I am wondering how the Marxists can pick and choose like this??”

Socialists don’t have process standards - just ‘the end’. Just ‘the utopia.’ Getting there, and how you get there, doesn’t seem to matter to them. The slaughter of 80 million people under the banner of socialism is that point writ large. They are the ultimate Machiavellian slime balls.


39 posted on 03/25/2010 4:46:43 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - Keep on Tea Partiers - party like it's 1773 & pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: SE Mom

They’ll either use “deem n pass” this time, they do not want the chance of someone on their side jumping ship. Given the public’s reaction to the passage, I’m sure more than a few yea’s now have cold feet.


40 posted on 03/25/2010 4:48:55 AM PDT by Brytani (Good Morning Comrades!!! FUBO)
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To: Brytani

I have no doubt it will pass again either- but it’s not a bad thing to force their hands and delay things as along as possible.


41 posted on 03/25/2010 4:57:16 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat veteran)
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To: SE Mom

The most excellent thing about this next passage, is that they will ALL be on record as supporting free viagara for sex-offenders.
That is fantastic and needs to be shouted from the rooftops.


42 posted on 03/25/2010 4:58:44 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Scotswife

They all went on record making child molesters and pedophiles a protected class under the latest hate crimes legislation. I have not seen the GOP make any waves about that.

This is why we (conservatives) need advocacy groups that will get these horrific rulings Congress has passed under Obama out to the public.

How many Americans would agree that a pedophile deserve special rights and protections codified into law?


43 posted on 03/25/2010 5:17:11 AM PDT by Brytani (Good Morning Comrades!!! FUBO)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
a pale, hoarse Harry Reid calls for adjournment

Didn't Harry Reid have a small stroke or heart attack (I forget which) some months back? Sure would be awful if all these all-nighters were too much for him . . .

44 posted on 03/25/2010 5:21:14 AM PDT by maryz
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To: OldArmy52

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,


45 posted on 03/25/2010 5:24:25 AM PDT by EBH (There is a bell ringing. Is it for Freedom or a Death Knell?)
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To: Tarpon
has the whole cluster cluck not been sign into law already ??? i would understand this to be like trying to change the landscape details, rather than any measurable defeat of the whole thing ???

if that the case, anybody who aint for it, should simply publicly state that theyre not goin to be associated with it in any fashion, let the rats own it, and go home and get some sleep...

personnally, anyone who would take the mic and say 'eff you dingy harry, you bought now live with it' and wash their hands of it, would get my support...

46 posted on 03/25/2010 5:46:47 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: PhiKapMom

They are cockroaches. We should call them Representative Cockroach, Senator Cockroach and pResident Cockroach.


47 posted on 03/25/2010 6:01:21 AM PDT by bergmeid (Fumigate Washington NOW!!)
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To: NurseZac
They believe that the 2nd Amendment applies to the military and police ONLY. Civilians don't have the right to own firearms in their minds.
48 posted on 03/25/2010 6:22:40 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Blonde

Oh good Heavens, I actually agree with Hutchinson.
Oh yea, it’s for show since she’s running for governor


49 posted on 03/25/2010 6:33:29 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: Gilbo_3

Obozo signed the Senate bill, health care for bozos, which is full of crap, reverse racism, and is a government takeover of health care. The House passed and now the Senate are now working on the fixes, called the reconciliation bill. That’s what is stuck.


50 posted on 03/25/2010 6:39:22 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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