If you want to stop the Obama scam called “health care reform”, which is nothing but an IRS enforced massive transfer of wealth to the Big Pharma and Big Insurance companies, we have one word for you: ByrdLock.
The Byrd Rule with its Byrd Baths and associated roadblocks to fiscal scams has effectively stopped Dimocrats from using the short circuit of “reconciliation rules” (Obama’s Bluff) to pass the Obamination called “health care reform”. We know this Obamination is yet another scam by the Chicago flim-flam man.
What is the “ByrdLock”? Back in January 1995 when Newt Gingrich and the Republicans wanted to ram through the “Contract For America” Senator Robert Byrd mobilized. Byrd used all his arcane knowledge of the Senate Rules to slow down the Republican train. ByrdLock can be used now to block the Obama health scam.
Republican websites should ask their congressional leaders why ByrdLock is not being used to block Obama and the Big Insurance Dimocrats. We’ll post a phone number below to call and ask why ByrdLock is not out of the Senate Rules arsenal and in use to block the scam.
Here is what happened in 1995 according to “Time” magazine:
In the Senate, “Byrdlock”
Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the Democrats’ parliamentary ace and self-appointed guardian of the Senate’s deliberative role, launched an all-out effort to slow down what he called the Republican “steamroller.” Byrd’s filibuster-like maneuvers reduced to a snail’s pace the Senate’s debate of a bill that would restrict the ability of Congress to impose unfunded regulatory mandates on the states. His exploitation of an arcane rule regarding committee meeting times also forced the Judiciary Committee to halt-if for only one day-its consideration of a balanced-budget amendment. Majority leader Bob Dole was sufficiently ruffled to grumble about the Senate’s “Byrdlock.”
Obama and the Dimocrats who support the health scam, a dwindling group, want to get rid of the health scam debate in order to rescue themselves with the next phase of the Obama flim-flam: endless words, words, words, about job creation. There won’t be job creation but Obama wants to talk talk talk about jobs to bamboozle Americans. ByrdLock will ensure that the health scam debate will go on and on and on until it dies or Obama and the Dimocrats have less supporters than Bush did at the end of his term.
Here’s the New York Times from January 19, 1995 on ByrdLock:
Over in the House, Republicans are intent on defying the traditional, ever-so-stately pace of the legislative process and pushing through their “Contract With America.” But between the Republicans and their dream of a 100-day revolution stands the Senate.
More specifically, Senate Democrats. And most specifically of all, Senator Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia.
Mr. Byrd, who has spent 36 of his 77 years in the Senate, reveres the deliberate gait of the legislative process. He boasts on the Senate floor of never having read the Contract With America, the campaign manifesto written by Speaker Newt Gingrich and other House Republicans, and which drives much of political Washington these days. He says he is not about to see his beloved institution fall victim to the “steamroller” of an upstart House, and rush through sweeping legislation without adequate debate and deliberation.
Since Mr. Byrd has served as majority leader, minority leader and President pro tem of the Senate, not to mention whip and committee chairman, he is steeped in the deep magic of the Senate’s rules. Even in the urgent Age of Newt, he knows how to slow things down.
“We should not be cowed like whipped dogs,” he said this afternoon in an interview that he occasionally interrupted to give arcane instructions to his staff on the filing of first- and second-degree amendments, marshaling his forces for the latest skirmish on the Senate floor. “We should be senators.”
This week, Mr. Byrd was helping to lead the slowdown on a Republican bill to make it more difficult for Congress to pass “unfunded mandates” — laws and regulations that impose new costs on state and local governments without their consent. Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, the majority leader, has scheduled a vote for Thursday to try to shut off debate, complaining that the Senate was in the grip of “Byrdlock.“
Bring back ByrdLock. SHUT DOWN THE SENATE!
Senator Byrd fought the bad legislation called the Balanced Budget Amendment with ByrdLock. His reasons echo today:
The amendment, of course, is a top priority for the Republicans, and some Democrats as well; it is anathema to Senator Byrd, who describes it as a gimmick being rammed through without giving the public “any idea of how we are going to enact over one trillion dollars of spending cuts and tax increases over the next seven years.”
Mr. Byrd also argues that this amendment and the line item veto, which would allow the President to eliminate specific items from the budget, represent a fundamental shifting of power from the legislative to the executive and judicial branches of the Government.
Asked this afternoon how hard he will oppose the balanced budget amendment, the Senator replied in the gentle cadence of the West Virginia coal fields: “To me there is no 50 percent of the way, or 75 percent. It’s 100 percent with me. I have reasons based on weeks, months, years of study.”
Few relish the idea of matching wits and rules with Mr. Byrd. Senator Dirk Kempthorne, the 43-year-old Idaho Republican who is managing the unfunded mandate bill on the floor, acknowledged that he was on a “steep learning curve” but added, “I think I’ll learn by watching him maneuver.”
Learn from Byrd. Block the new steamroller.
Bring back BYRDLOCK:
There are an array of rules that an individual senator can invoke to work his will, and Mr. Byrd is said to know more of them than almost anyone. This week, for example, he relied on a little used rule that said committees could meet freely only until the third hour of the Senate’s legislative day, after which a senator could stop them by objecting.
He is also noted for his ability to structure amendments, which was at the heart of the battle over the Clinton Administration’s economic stimulus package. In that case, Mr. Byrd’s tactics helped stiffen opposition that ultimately scuttled the bill.
Mr. Dole vowed today to “try to keep up with Newt and the House Republicans,” although asserting, “Senator Byrd feels so strongly about the balanced budget amendment that he’ll do anything he can to prevent that coming to the floor.”
Mr. Byrd, for his part, seemed unperturbed by the coming struggle. “Time is in the interest of good legislation,” he said, coolly.
HERE is more important information on ByrdLock.
The Deseret News on ByrdLock HERE.
Republican Senator Judd Gregg (the one Obama wanted in his cabinet) recently wrote what Dimocrats term “an obstruction manual”. The “manual” does not address ByrdLock.
Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-NH) has penned the equivalent of an obstruction manual — a how-to for holding up health care reform — and has distributed the document to his Republican colleagues.
Insisting that it is “critical that Republican senators have a solid understanding of the minority’s rights in the Senate,” Gregg makes note of all the procedural tools the GOP can use before measures are considered, when they come to the floor and even after passage.
He highlights the use of hard quorum calls for any motion to proceed, as opposed to a far quicker unanimous consent provision. He reminds his colleagues that, absent unanimous consent, they can force the Majority Leader to read any “full-text substitute amendment.” And when it comes to offering amendments to the health care bill, the New Hampshire Republican argues that it is the personification of “full, complete, and informed debate,” to “offer an unlimited number of amendments — germane or non-germane — on any subject.”
The details of Gregg’s outline are a clear reflection of the extent to which Republicans are turning to the Byzantine processes of the Senate chamber as a means of holding up reform. And doing so with eagerness. Take for instance, the section on offering a “point of order.”
“A Senator may make a point of order at any point he or she believes that a Senate procedure is being violated, with or without cause,” he writes. “After the presiding officer rules, any Senator who disagrees with such ruling may appeal the ruling of the chair–that appeal is fully debatable. Some points of order, such as those raised on Constitutional grounds, are not ruled on by the presiding officer and the question is put to the Senate, then the point of order itself is fully debatable. The Senate may dispose of a point of order or an appeal by tabling it; however, delay is created by the two roll call votes in connection with each tabling motion (motion to table and motion to reconsider that vote).”
Use ByrdLock Senator Gregg.
Below is Senator Gregg’s full letter that does not include Byrdlock as a prime option. Notice the phone number included by Judd Gregg. “I hope you find the attached information helpful. If you have any questions, please contact my communications office at 202-224-6011.” Maybe the Gregg communications office has an answer why ByrdLock is not in use.
As we wrote, Obama and the Dimocrats (now opposed even by Howie Dean and many former Hopium guzzlers) want to get off the health topic because it is killing them with the American voting public. The polls are going down and so are the Dimocrats who backstabbed Hillary for the Chicago flim-flam stooge of Big Media.
Keep the argument going, just like we did in August, and we buy Obama a one-way ticket to Waterloo.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan to pass the Senate health care reform bill by Christmas looked increasingly in doubt Wednesday, as Republicans launched an offensive to stall the legislation and Democrats had yet to strike a 60-vote compromise.
Senators privately considered one scenario Wednesday that would have them casting a final vote at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Surprising Democrats, Republicans brought the debate to a standstill and forced the Senate clerk to read a 767-page amendment on creating a government-financed health care system. Democrats pulled the measure as the reading entered its third hour, but the move was the start of the GOP’s attempts to use every procedural tool necessary to delay the bill.
Away from the floor, Reid (D-Nev.) continued wrangling with the Congressional Budget Office over a cost estimate, which Democrats had initially hoped to receive by Monday.
Without the analysis, Reid has been unable to lock down votes for the bill. And Democrats on both ends of the political spectrum remained uncommitted, saying they had problems that needed to be addressed.
Stop all committee meetings. Stop all proceedings and focus the nation’s attention on the health care scam. Shut down the Senate.
And let’s not forget: there is no written legislation that anyone but Harry Reid has yet seen.
Taken together, the obstacles created rising concerns among Democrats that their self-imposed Christmas deadline was slipping out of reach.
“They still have a plan for how to do that,” Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) said. “Whether that is implementable, I am not certain.”
The Christmas deadline is a political target. Democrats want to finish the bill so they have a few weeks to move it through a House-Senate conference committee and deliver it to the president by the State of the Union address in late January or early February. After months of health care dominating their domestic agenda, Democrats are eager to shift to other issues early next year — mainly a focus on creating jobs.
But as Wednesday’s showdown on the floor revealed, Republicans do not plan to acquiesce. They want the debate to spill past Christmas, hoping the longer the bill hangs out there, the less likely it is to pass.
“We want to do what we can to defeat the bill,” said South Dakota Sen. John Thune, a member of the Senate Republican leadership. “We are going to do everything we can in terms of the rights we have to stop the bill from passing.”
Why not use ByrdLock Senator Thune? Why not use ByrdLock Senator Coburn?
Reid is operating under a tight timeline.
Under the rosiest scenario, he needs to begin taking the procedural steps by this weekend to end the debate — and it would still take until Dec. 23 or Dec. 24 until the bill reaches final passage. Democratic senators have received assignments to preside over the Senate floor through Christmas Eve. This scenario depends on whether Reid receives the CBO cost analysis within the next day, which is not guaranteed.
Sanders, a liberal holdout, was seeking concessions on the other end of the political spectrum. He said he remains in negotiations with the White House and the Senate leadership about the bill.
“I have real concerns with this bill as it stands right now,” Sanders said. “So, I’m not on board yet. At this moment, I am an undecided. I would like to support it, but I’m not there yet.”
Harboring complaints similar to those of Sanders, top labor leaders met Wednesday to weigh action on the bill. But most insiders say they’ll most likely find a way of expressing their distress that comes short of actually opposing the legislation.
Labor unions are now considering opposing the Obamination health scam:
The AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union gathered to discuss the bill, but the absence of final legislative language made it difficult to chart a course forward, representatives said.
“Labor is looking to make the bill better,” American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said after the meeting.
The AFL-CIO has aired television ads supporting the bill but attacking a provision that would raise taxes on expensive health care plans like those held by many union members. Some labor leaders have hinted at flat opposition to the bill emerging from the Senate. In September, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka pledged to work against any bill that lacked a public insurance option and taxed health care benefits.
Another labor official warned that while labor leaders will very likely grudgingly support the legislation, some may be bitter enough to sit out the midterm elections, dealing a blow to Democrats.
Time is on our side. Let’s fight for time. Stop all Senate business. Use every tool available with imagination and determination.
ByrdLock might be the way to block the Obamination.