Washington, DC—Jim Manley, Spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, released the following statement today after Republicans blocked two unanimous consent requests to make the health reform debate more transparent and to ensure that funding for Social Security and long-term care is protected:
“As the ‘Party of NO’ doubles down on its strategy of betting on failure, it’s no wonder fewer and fewer American identify with Congressional Republicans.
“It’s hard to imagine why Republicans would object to our proposals to ensure health care reform is transparent and that Social Security and long-term care for our seniors is protected. It’s even harder to imagine why Republicans think they win when the American people lose.
“Despite months of these Republican stalling tactics, Senator Reid continues to leave the door open for his Republican colleagues to work with us to deliver reform to the American people. Senate Democrats won’t allow their short-sighted strategy to undermine our historic efforts to fix our broken health insurance system.”
UNANIMIOUS CONSENT AGREEMENTS THAT REPUBLICANS OBJECTED TO
· Unanimous consent no amendment be in order to the Reid substitute amendment #2786, or a subsequent substitute amendment, unless the text of the amendment is posted on the home page of the official Senate website of the Member, who is sponsoring the amendment, prior to the amendment being called up for consideration by the Senate, and the amendment is filed at the desk. Further that this unanimous consent agreement shall be in effect for the duration of consideration of H.R. 3590.
· Unanimous consent that all amendments to the pending bill be considered out of order unless they are consistent with the following two principles:
(1) The additional surplus in the Social Security Trust Fund generated by this Act should be reserved for Social Security and not spent in this Act; and
(2) The net savings generated by the CLASS program should be reserved for the CLASS program and not spent in this Act.