Senator John McCain has, again, weighed in to stop the repeal of Obamacare, this time citing procedural issues with how the bill is coming to the Senate floor. Senator McCain, (R) Arizona, said, in part:
“As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate. Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority.”
The original health care bill was passed exclusively on partisan lines and was famously presented only hours before the vote, with Democrat Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi saying, “we have to pass the bill” before we could see what was in it. But Senator McCain’s desire for “bipartisan reform” could not be achieved unless Republicans agreed to simply bolster Obamacare, after having campaigned for 7 years on repealing the partisan health care plan.
Senator McCain joins Senator Rand Paul, (R) Tennessee, who opposes the bill on the grounds that it is a “fake repeal.” With the two Senators now in opposition, the actual passage of this bill, using a procedure that allows for only 51 votes, with the Vice President as the tie-breaker, is in severe doubt.
The outstanding question remains as to McCain’s true motives here, despite his comments and public statement. It would be obvious that Democrats would never join in any repeal and that to follow the procedures he prescribes would run out the clock on the ability to pass the bill with only 51 votes.
At this point, observers note, the GOP is unwilling or unable to deliver on any single one of its campaign promises. While Senator Rand Paul is arguing that this is a fake repeal, Senator McCain is going further away from repeal when he makes the issue procedural and demands more “partisanship” which could only be won the expense of abandoning repeal altogether.
Initial social media responses from conservatives were, predictably, quite hostile to the Senator. On the left, his stance was hailed as principled and noble.
What do you think? Comment below!
Democrat Congressmen Introduce Term Limits Legislation for SCOTUS Justices As Trump Prepares Nominee
Three Democrat members of Congress are introducing legislation to institute term limits for Supreme Court justices, as President Trump prepares to nominate his third candidate for the court following the death of progressive liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Democrats Joe Kennedy, Ro Khanna, and Don Beyer are proposing legislation that would limit SCOTUS justice to a maximum term of eighteen years on the court.
Lifetime appointments to the highest court in our land undermine our democratic process and erode progress in our nation.
We must enact 18 year term limits on our Supreme Court justices to continue our march towards a more perfect union. https://t.co/9fCyggP686
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 25, 2020
Khanna has proposed an idea that would allow Presidents to appoint two judges in each term. “Senior” members of the court would be required to basically retired for every new member of the court.
When I first ran for Congress in 2014, I proposed limiting terms of Supreme Court Justice to 18-appointments.
Given the recent, dramatic politicization of the Court, it's time for real reform.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 25, 2020
It’s pretty funny the Democrats are uniting behind these proposals the moment they appear primed to lose control of the Supreme Court for a generation. They weren’t complaining when Obama was trying to replace Antonin Scalia with progressive Merrick Garland, even going so far as claiming that the stealth liberal was entitled to the seat. Reports emerging Friday suggest that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a mostly conservative judge with a pro-life and immigration hawk judicial record.
The judicial branch of government is arguably the most flawed element of American governance, and it’s highly questionable how institutions such as the Supreme Court are able to appoint themselves a nearly unlimited amount of political power.
A better reform proposals would be to institute term limits for justices that only go into effect after the current members of the court vacate their seats. Anything else is simply a political power grab.
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