Eric Erickson at Redstate explains how Republican senators can kill the healthcare reform/rationing bill now before the Senate:
The Founding Fathers created a Republic, but 60 Senators are poised to take it away. With the pending disaster of the passage in the Senate of a bill nationalizing one sixth of the U.S. economy and our entire healthcare system at a cost of over $2.5 trillion, we are faced with a crucial question: are the Republican senators using every means at their disposal to stop this looming, tyrannical abuse of power? Unfortunately, the answer appears to be “no.”
The Senate, unlike the House of Representatives, has parliamentary rules and procedures that give the minority the ability to stall legislation. In fact, unlike the House, the minority have the ability to virtually paralyze the Senate. Doing so is not something we would want or expect for every bad bill that comes through Congress, but the proposed healthcare legislation is probably the worst piece of legislation ever considered by the United States Congress. It is the most intrusive, most damaging, most costly, most dangerous bill to the economic and personal freedom and liberty of individual Americans that Congress has ever considered. If there is any bill that deserves being stopped by shutting down the Senate, it is this one.
There are a whole series of parliamentary maneuvers that could be used by Republican senators to stop this bill. There is a hard backstop to the current process (Christmas). The Republicans’ goal should be to prevent Reid from passing the bill before that time. If he goes past Christmas and is forced to adjourn or recess, the momentum will shift in favor of those opposing the bill.
The details of the parliamentary maneuvers are here.
It actually is possible that many senators do not know parliamentary procedure well enough to know they have these tools at their disposal.
And it is flabbergasting that so few voices have been raised by Tea Partiers, Republicans and conservatives to let Republican senators know that they MUST make a stand WITH THE WEAPONS OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE and utterly defeat the Obama/Reid/Pelosi healthcare reform bill.
Please help me make this viral by sending the link to Erickson’s post to everyone you know. We can defeat this disastrous legislation if even one brave Republican senator uses the parliamentary procedures Erickson describes.