It’s Not Too Late to Listen to What Americans Really Want
from the Office of Senator Mitch McConnell
‘This will be a bill that none of my constituents have seen, that none of
the Majority Leader’s constituents have seen. You could fit into a phone
booth the number of people who’ve seen this bill that will affect the lives
of every single American in the most profound ways’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
made the following remarks on the Senate floor Friday regarding the
importance of getting it right on health care reform:
“The Majority Leader has signaled that he will finally unveil the most
significant piece of domestic legislation in modern history some time on
Saturday — and force a vote in the middle of the night about 36 hours
“This is outrageous.
“This will be a bill that none of my constituents have seen; that none of
the Majority Leader’s constituents have seen; that none of you have
seen and that nobody outside of the Capitol has seen.
“You could fit into a phone booth the number of people who’ve seen this
bill that will affect the lives of every single American in the most
“Every American should have an opportunity to know what their
Senators are being asked to vote for before anyone can see it. I defy
anyone in this chamber to come down here and defend the secrecy
surrounding this bill.
“Earlier this week, the President said ‘I think it’s important for every
single member of the Senate to take a careful look at what’s in the bill.’
“Unfortunately, there is no bill to read. Let me repeat: there is literally
no bill to inspect. Even Senator Durbin, the second in charge on the
Democrat side, admits he hasn’t seen the details of this bill.
“The only thing we know for sure about this bill is that it will raise taxes,
raise premiums, and slash Medicare by nearly a half trillion dollars to
pay for a vast expansion of government into health care that an
overwhelming majority of Americans oppose.
“That’s what’s at the heart of this bill that no one’s seen yet. So we may
not know all the details, but we already know this bill can’t be fixed.
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“And we know Americans are outraged by what’s happened in this
debate: a bill that was supposed to lower costs, lower taxes, and lower
premiums will actually raise all three — making existing problems not
better, but worse.
“It’s not too late to start over and deliver the reform Americans really
want — the step-by-step reforms we know would actually lower health
“The Majority knows this bill is a colossal legislative blunder. That’s why
they’re rushing it through.
“That’s why the only argument they’re left with is a call to history. Well,
history will be made either way. And this much is clear: Passing this bill
in this way would be a historic mistake that those who support it will
come to regret.”