Senator Hutchison Misleads Texans on Her Bad Vote
MIDNIGHT VOTE IN WASHINGTON: The cockroaches come out at night, along with this Congress apparently. Many people have looked to Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as a defender of conservatism. However her midnight vote for cloture on the healthcare bill reveals a different side of her. Apparently at night she puts on a costume like catwoman, but not in a good way.
We have lots of bad apples in both parties. But in the GOP there are three that stand apart. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe sided with 60 Democrats to end a Republican filibuster to delay the passage of health care legislation.
Of interest to the NIP is Hutchison’s statement on Dec. 19, during an appearance on Fox News. Hutchison said, “By the time I got to the floor, they had the 60 votes.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYMqE at 2:32.)
Check the C-SPAN footage below. Prevarication caught in the act. The clip shows that when Hutchison arrived, the 60 votes were in doubt, they were not a given. Ms. Hutchison, you had better get used to being called “Ms.” as your “Senator” days are over.
Below is a timeline of Sen. Hutchison’s vote on Dec. 18, 2009, to end the Republican filibuster:
At 1:08 a.m., Sen. Hutchison is seen arriving on the Senate floor.
At 1:09 a.m., the names of all Senators who have voted Aye are read. There are 59 names read all Democrats. Sen. Hutchison can be seen as the names are read.
At 1:10 a.m., the names of Senators who voted No are read. There are 32 names read all Republicans.
At 1:11 a.m., Sen. Hutchison steps forward to look at the voting table but does not vote. Also at 1:11 a.m., Sen. Thad Cochran votes No.
For the next two minutes, Sen. Hutchison remains visible, standing near the voting table but not voting.
At 1:14 a.m., Sen. Ron Wyden votes Aye becoming the 60th Democrat to vote Aye.
At 1:15 a.m., Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Olympia Snowe, and Sen. Hutchison stand together at the voting table. Also at 1:15 a.m., Sen. Collins votes Aye, then Sen. Snowe votes Aye. Sen. Hutchison then stands alone.
At 1:16 a.m., eight minutes after arriving on the Senate floor, Sen. Hutchison casts her vote: Aye.
Four minutes pass, and at 1:20 a.m., the final vote tally is read: 63 Yeas, 33 Nays.
C-SPAN footage of the vote is available in three parts at www.WashingtonKay.com. RickPerry.org
The NIP thinks that when and why she voted is not the issue. The main issue is that she sided with the Democrats on this monstrosity of legislation which will neither provide healthcare for all nor reduce healthcare costs. But this video demonstrates a masterful bit of prevarication and we find it newsworthy. Congratulations Senator Hutchison on your despicable performance. You and others like you doing your work in the middle of the night to avoid exposure: shameful. This Congress wants to avoid the light of day like cockroaches in a collegiate kitchen. It’s time to bring out the RAID.