This is encouraging. It’s been a long time since we have a had a motivated, unified message and it’s refreshing to see that Republicans are done playing nice and are willing to go to the mattresses to stop ObamaCare.
As lawmakers prepare to return for their return to Washington next week, House Republicans have a message for their town-mauled Democratic colleagues: August is over only on the calendar.
The end of the summer recess may mean an end to the beatings back home, but Republicans are vowing to keep the pressure up on health care reform straight into September.
If Democrats — particularly the moderate Blue Dogs — thought August was a bad dream, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) said the GOP is “going to keep the nightmare going through the fall.”
For congressional Republicans, July was all about hoping the summer recess would come before the Democrats could pass a health care bill. August, says Kingston, was about having “as many town hall meetings as possible in order to educate the public, to keep this momentum up.”
while trying to reconcile three competing bills of their own.
And that, says Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), means that Republicans will be bringing back the heat from home. Arguing that a calm political environment favors the party in power, Issa vowed to create the opposite in September.
“If [the Democrats] give us lemons, we want to make very loud lemonade,” he said.
I think reading the bill in its entirety on the House floor would be a good start.