WASHINGTON–Today, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) stood in the way of increased government accountability and transparency during the health care debate when he joined his Democrat colleagues in rejecting a Republican amendment in the Senate Finance Committee.
Sponsored by U.S. Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY), the amendment would have required that Americans have at least 72 hours to review the bill’s exact language and full cost estimate on the Finance Committee’s website before the final vote on the legislation’s passage.
“With an issue as important and personal as health care, surely it is not asking too much to give the American people three days to understand what exactly they are getting and how much it will cost,” National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Colin Reed said today. “By ignoring President Obama’s call for increased accountability and transparency in government, it seems that Bill Nelson and his Democrat colleagues have lost sight of the fact that they work for the American people, and not the other way around.”
“We have seen the Democrats rush a massive spending bill through Congress and down the throats of their constituents during the debate over the so-called ‘stimulus’ package. Unfortunately for the American taxpayers, it appears the Democrats did not learn their lesson from that failed boondoggle,” Reed concluded.