I am certain today that I heard two diametrically opposed statements come from the mouths of the U.S. Senate’s top partisan leaders.
The Senate was going to vote this week on a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act; then Senate Republicans said “no.” There won’t be a vote just yet. They balked because they don’t have the votes to approve it. They might not get the votes, either.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, said categorically that Democrats “aren’t interested” in working with Republicans to craft a new health care insurance bill.
There. We have that statement.
Less than an hour later, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat, told reporters that Democrats “want to work” with Republicans.
OK. Who’s telling the truth? McConnell said Democrats aren’t interested. Schumer said the exact opposite.
I guess it depends on the partisan bias of those who heard the statements. McConnell said it in front of fellow Republicans; Schumer made his declaration in front of fellow Democrats.
I tend to believe Schumer. I would be my hope that Democrats would be willing to huddle with their GOP “friends” in the hope of finding some common ground with regard to what McConnell called a “complicated” piece of legislation.
The Senate will take up this matter after the Fourth of July recess.
As Lyndon Johnson would say, “Let us reason together.”
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