Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) kicked off her reelection campaign with a TV ad boasting of her bill that would “fix” Obamacare, the “Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act.” But is this really something to be proud of?
She’s onto something: Americans are dissatisfied with Obamacare. She’s probably read the polls recently, like the Gallup poll that indicates 52 percent of Americans want Congress to scale back or repeal Obamacare entirely. Or perhaps she saw the poll this past August which showed 62 percent of Louisiana voters opposed Obamacare.
One of the questions that has arisen since Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% – with the help of all but three of his party’s senators – invoked the nuclear option to change the Senate’s rules (essentially eliminating the filibuster for nominations) is what the Senate minority (in this case, Republicans) can do about it.
There are a number of parliamentary maneuvers in the Senate rules that would allow the minority to make Reid’s majority pay a heavy price for his elimination of minority rights and the curtailment of debate in the country’s formerly most deliberative body. Those parliamentary rules allow even a minority to virtually shutdown the Senate.
Analysis: This week the House may consider two bills that would amend Dodd-Frank, the Retail Investor Protection Act and the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act. On October 30, conferees from the House and Senate will meet to begin conferencing the House and Senate farm bills.
Remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” interactive fiction stories from your childhood or your children’s childhood? The books took place in a variety of settings, and, as the name suggests, there were a variety of possible endings to the stories.
Well, imagine a Choose Your Own Adventure Farm Bill Edition! There is a variety of possible outcomes that could result from a farm bill conference between the House and Senate, but there’s a catch: all the outcomes of a conference will be bad, at least for some of the characters. The other catch is that this is real life, not fiction, so real people will be harmed.
Taxpayers and consumers will get the shaft, while wealthy farmers continue to feed at the farm bill trough.
Why is the picture necessarily so grim?
It is disturbing that some Senators are refusing to engage with their constituents on an issue as catastrophic as Obamacare. It’s vital that our representatives hear our voices. It’s bad enough that President Obama and Sen. Reid have chosen to shut down the government to preserve Obamacare; Senators’ decision to shut out their constituents’ voices adds insult to injury.
Heritage Action has an ongoing ad campaign to tell Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) to stop working for President Obama and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% and start working for their constituents.
Conservative activists have been calling their representatives to tell them to stop Obamacare, and several of them took the initiative to call their senators as well. After they made the call, they told us about their call experience.