'Republican Tactics on Medicare Bill Brought Dishonor to the House'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement early this morning after Republican leaders took nearly
three hours, believed to be the longest vote in the recorded history
of the House of Representatives, to force several of their Members
to switch their votes to pass their Medicare prescription drug bill:
hours tonight, the seniors of America won the vote on Medicare prescription
drug coverage. But then this vote was stolen from us by the Republicans.
hoped the Republicans would want to win this vote fair and square.
They didnt. We won it fair and square, so they stole it by
hook or crook. The whole time that Members were on the floor, there
were overtures to Members of Congress saying, 'What do you want?
What do you need?' They spent billions of dollars of the taxpayers
money to win this vote on the floor.
was ever an argument to be made for why Republicans are not fit
to be in the majority in this House and why they must be defeated
at the polls next year, one need only look at their conduct on the
floor of this House tonight. It brought dishonor to this institution.
seniors will not be fooled. They know this is not the beginning
of a real prescription drug benefit under Medicare. They know this
is the beginning of the end of Medicare as we know it. Democrats
and seniors will not stop fighting for a defined, affordable prescription
drug benefit that is guaranteed under Medicare."