What do Republicans have against the 9/11 responders?

There’s going to be a lot of lumps of coals left in a few people’s stockings this christmas.  It sure is a shame that the voters can’t do more to idiots like Tom Coburn.  He didn’t earn the nickname Dr. No for nothing!

New York Democrats hoping for quick action on a bill to give health care compensation to ground zero workers are about to run into Tom Coburn.

The Oklahoma Republican senator and physician — known in the Senate as “Dr. No” for his penchant for blocking bills — told POLITICO on Monday night that he wouldn’t allow the bill to move quickly, saying he has problems with parts of the bill and the process Democrats are employing.

Another Republican, Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, said he had concerns with the measure and that it should instead move through the committee process.

“I’m not trying to fight it; I’m trying to get it right,” Enzi said. “There are 30 things that ought to be changed real quick in committee but very difficult on the floor. To finish a bill at this point of time, we’re not going to be able to amend it.”

The bill — offered by New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer — would give compensation to first responders who fell ill from the toxic dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

We just got through giving huge tax breaks to folks that don’t need it and some that have even stated they don’t want it and yet we can’t help any of our fellow citizen’s in need.  I just don’t get it at all.  You may recall that Minx has mentioned that Shep Smith has taken this on as a personal cause.  The Business Insider is reporting that he’s naming every single Republican who refused to speak to him over this bill.  He’s invited them to his show to explain why they’re not supporting the effort.  Jon Stewart has personally made appeals for the bill on his show too.  Stewart brought on first responders who were dying from their exposure to toxic materials doing their 9/11 duties.  Smith just got Pataki and excuses instead of Republican Senators.

Instead he got former Gov. George Pataki, who offered a very brief, very faint concession that the GOP has raised ‘valid questions’ before agreeing that, yes, it should get passed.  “This is the right thing to do.”

But that wasn’t enough for Shep who noted it that took Jon Stewart bringing on 9/11 First Responders, “people who are dying,’ to get this done.  And then this:

“Thank God this didn’t happen down in a place like New Orleans where they don’t have a lot of media to run around and take up for themselves and where Sen. Gillibrand [his previous guest] and Gov. Pataki don’t have microphones in their backyard cause then it might have worked out differently.”

We’ll undoubtedly get problems showing up from the BP Oil spills down here.  We’ll see if we can get similar attention when that happens.  Meanwhile, why can’t we take care of these public servants?  Because some one wants to hold a meeting and give a few speeches?

Interestingly enough, a committee hearing was held on the bill in June.  Coburn sits on the committee so he should know about it.  I will add that Former Arkansas Mayor Mike Huckabee and former NY Mayor Guiliani support the bill.

Last night on Fox’s Red Eye, former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee urged the Senate to pass the bill immediately, telling the moving story of a friend of his from Texas who volunteered to come to New York City after 9/11, spent a year working there, and is now dying from cancer he contracted while on the job. “There are people who need medical care right now, and frankly, the clock is running out on them. Their lives are fading away, even as we sit here talking about it,” Huckabee said.

Likewise, former Republican New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani urged Congress to pass the bill straight away, noting the heroism these first responders showed in days and weeks after 9/11.

9 Comments on “What do Republicans have against the 9/11 responders?”

  1. Silent Kate says:

    They don’t have time for that bill but of course they have all the time in the world to pass the millionaire’s club bill! So sad and totally disgusting!

  2. cwaltz says:

    OFF TOPIC – The Hill has appeared to ferret out the names of the transitional catfood commission committee . Tell me what’s wrong with this picture? Does anyone else besides me notice the prevalent letter behind the names of folks
    supporting undermining a program that keeps the elderly from poverty? It’s like some sick joke.

    In Dec. 14 floor speeches, 16 members of the Warner-Chambliss group spoke in praise of the debt commission plan. Speaking were Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Jean Shaheen (D-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska).

    • grayslady says:

      Nice catch. I wouldn’t be surprised if Durbin is on the list, too, even though his name isn’t mentioned (there are supposedly 20 individuals). I wrote to Durbin, who was on the Catfood Commission, and told him that the CC was my line in the sand: if he voted for the recommendations, I would do everything in my power to see that he was not re-elected. Received a crappy response back–you know the drill: “everyone has to sacrifice”. BS, Senator Durbin–you first.

    • dakinikat says:

      You know, it’s just more evidence about the true affiliation of the President that appointed them.

  3. grayslady says:

    This is right out of “Erin Brockovich”, except this time the injured parties can’t sue the perpetrators.

  4. fiscalliberal says:

    This political theater has to be exposed. Enzi wants to get it back in committee to get things right. I suspect that means adding his own brand of pork.

    Gillibrand and Schumer need to stand in the well and challenge Coburn and Enzi tl list thier objections. Untill they do that, the bill needs to fail and the Senate be exposed for what it is: a dysfunctional government.

    Gee – where is Obama on this – is he standing anywhere with a megaphone like George Bush was. Oh – by the way how about George Bush weighing in on this one.

    This is all about framing and standing firm. If you care enough about this, you take it to the brink and show what oposition is all about.

  5. Branjor says:

    Really a disgrace that that bill isn’t passed. The whole health disaster from 9/11 makes me relieved that I didn’t respond myself (I was on standby alert for it.)

    Not to take away from the people who were sickened responding to it but in the year or so following 9/11 I twice met people at veterinarian’s offices who were there with their 9/11 service dogs, who had also become sick after working at the site. One woman was crying her eyes out as she had to euthanize her dog.

  6. Minkoff Minx says:

    Kat, thank you so much for posting this. Thank you.

    My husband had to go back to work just 3 days after the attack. For months he would come home and tell me how awful the smell was. A mix of burning plastic, chemicals, and the putrid smell of dead bodies. He had to stop wearing his contacts because of the burning he had in his eyes. (This could have also been due to the dust he got covered with when he was running from one of the towers when it fell.) Coburn and the others are disgusting human beings. I have always had issues with these GOP assholes, but dammit they have really shown their true colors now.

  7. Minkoff Minx says:

    House may take up 9/11 bill again – Simmi Aujla – POLITICO.com

    I hope this means that they will get a chance to vote on it.