Why Won’t They Sign?
UPDATE 3:16 PM CST (7/24/09)–1 more Republican signed (87 so far), ALL Democrats still refuse to sign the pledge!
UPDATE 8:09 PM CST (7/23/09)–3 more Republicans signed (86 so far), NO Democrats have signed the pledge!
UPDATE 7:23 PM CST (7/22/09)–2 more Republicans signed (83 so far), still no Democrats taking the pledge.
UPDATE 12:18 PM CST (7/22/09)–3 more Republicans signed today, still no Democrats taking the pledge.
UPDATE 3:39 PM CST–78 Republicans have now signed, still not a single Democrat
UPDATE 1:17 PM CST–Statement from Senator Blanche Lincoln (see below)
As of 12:16 pm CST, only 76 of the 535 members of Congress have signed The Responsible Health Care Reform Pledge being promoted by Let Freedom Ring, Inc. Here’s the pledge:
It’s simple and straightforward. Read and understand the yoke you are placing around our necks and give us ample time to examine it for ourselves before you limit our choices and place our health care system at the mercy of federal bureaucrats.
Not a single Democrat has signed the pledge! Ask yourself why?
We also need to ask why every Republican hasn’t signed yet. Call your Congressmen and Senators and ask what’s keeping them from taking this pledge.
Early this morning, I contacted the offices of both my Senators, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, and my Representative, Marion Berry. I identified myself as a constituent and a blogger and was referred to their press secretaries. None of the three were available so I left a detailed message on their voice mail asking for a statement as to whether they intend to sign the pledge and, if not, why not. Three hours later, I have yet to receive statements from any of the three.
I’ll update this post if I hear from any of the three.
Statement from Senator Lincoln’s office
“Senator Lincoln shares the concerns of most Americans about the outcome of the current health care debate. As a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, she is working on a daily basis to write a health care reform proposal that will stabilize health care costs, quality, and coverage for all Arkansans and all Americans. This process will leave her well-versed on any proposal put forward by the Senate Finance Committee. This committee is charged with the responsibility of paying for health care reform and Senator Lincoln has made clear that she will support a plan that does not add to the deficit and does not raise taxes on hardworking Arkansas families.”
*Thanks to Senator Lincoln’s Press Secretary Katie Laning Niebaum for responding!
Still no pledge to sign, and no explanation why not but at least the Senator’s office makes an effort to her constituents.