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GOP Takes Out Their HCR Frustration on Open Gov

March 23, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Open Gov vs. GOPWe already know that the Republicans have vowed to be as uncooperative as possible during consideration of the budget reconciliation bill to amend the health care bill. This is despite the fact that it adds policies they publicly support and removes policies they publicly oppose. So it’s only natural that their tactics to shut things down should spill over to other policies they publicly support, like increasing transparency in government.

This afternoon, while Sunlight Foundation‘s Ellen Miller was testifying at a Senate subcommittee hearing on “removing the shroud of secrecy: making government more transparent and accountable,” Sen. Thomas Carper [D, DE] interrupted to say that the Republicans had put a hold on the hearing. Here’s the video:

Sunlight’s Paul Blumenthal explains:

Senate rules require that hearings held after 2 p.m. be approved by unanimous consent to continue. After the Democratic majority won passage of a motion to proceed to debate the reconciliation bill by a vote of 56-40, Republicans refused to consent to the continuation of hearings.

This doesn’t delay consideration of the reconciliation bill or help their cause in any tangible way. Its only practical effect is block the Senate from hearing from one of the country’s foremost transparency experts on what they should be doing to make Congress more open.

More inside-the-Beltway coverage at The Hill:

“The GOP is upset that Democrats are using special rules to pass healthcare reform fixes with a simple majority of votes…. Senate Republicans say they will raise many more procedural objections against the bill and have expressed confidence that some of these points of order will be successful”

Read the testimony!

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  • Taishea 03/23/2010 2:01pm

    That is just childish!

  • justamick 03/24/2010 6:08am

    While I agree it’s rather childish to act this way, you should acknowledge the fact that your blog title is rather misleading. Dont you think? They would have done this no matter what person or entity was testifying.

  • majorlagg 03/24/2010 7:27am

    The Democrats have subverted the process for an entire year to cram this health care takeover bill on us! Good for them!

  • chrisnull 03/24/2010 7:39am

    This article is very bias. It has no place on this website! Leave this type of propoganda to the bias media.

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    chadlupkes 03/24/2010 7:49am

    Sometimes history and reality have a liberal bias.

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    justamick 03/25/2010 3:44am

    It’s a blog mate. Blogs are by nature opinion oriented.

  • KingGeedorah 03/24/2010 1:33pm

    Wouldn’t it make more sense for the ones who opposed this bill to find ways to make sure that our rights are protected and everyone is a winner in this rather than throw hissy fits?

    I do agree that the title is a bit misleading however. It is coincidence that Sunlight Foundation was there while this happened.

  • Betonavette 03/24/2010 2:50pm

    The words of a true Progressive:

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