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9/11 health bill can't even get bi-partisan support?

The Zadroga Bill would help 60,000 people, first responders and others, sickened by exposure to toxic dust and debris at Ground Zero. The measure needed a two-thirds vote for approval, instead of a simple majority, but as CBS 2′s Magee Hickey reports, the vote fell short.

Democratic leaders wanted to prevent Republicans from tacking on amendments. Only 12 Republicans voted "yes."
One of the them, Peter King (R- L.I.), called the Democrats' procedural move a cruel hoax and a charade. "This bill should be more important than a campaign talking point. You could have passed it any time during the past three and a half years, but you want political cover," he said.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:40 PM on Jul. 30, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It's a typical ploy on both sides. They just finally passed the war funding bill after Democrats tried to add several pieces of costly junk to it. These people have been given money already in the past so I'm not sure why they are still working on this. Anyway, it shouldn't matter on all fronts now since insurance companies can't refuse to insure these people.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 1:11 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Attached crap- AKA Pandering - AKA politics as usual.

    Answer by Sisteract at 1:29 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Rep Weiner was pretty passionate about it though.. The whole way that bills are passed is just bass akwards. It should be a straight up bill and no crap inserted into it. That's like my kids trying to sneak past cookies or candy bars while we are grocery shopping.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 2:03 PM on Jul. 30, 2010


    Answer by Sisteract at 2:50 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

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