As Republican Susan Collins takes heat for having led the charge to strip flu preparedness funding from the economic stimulus bill earlier this year, Collins’ staff has the audacity to pass the buckonto the Obama Administration:
A spokesman for Collins seemed to shift some of the blame to the Obama administration, noting the unfilled seats at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Is it the Obama Administration’s fault that Senate Republicans continue to obstruct appointments to HHS? (Short answer: No. It’s the Senate GOP’s fault.)
So Kathleen Sebelius will get her confirmation vote as Health and Human Services secretary tomorrow in the Senate – but even with the flu outbreak, her confirmation will still have to clear a big hurdle, requiring 60 votes.So says the office of GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell, anyway.
This is the standard Republican shell game. They do everything possible to prevent our government from functioning properly and then campaign on a “government doesn’t work” theme. In the Senate’s Republican caucus, the insane are running the asylum.
History News Network has a great article about the recent (Reagan – now) history of Senate disapproval of Cabinet-level nominations and how the current trend runs counter to anything seen in the Senate.
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