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Just when I thought it was a good time to put down my pen and take a vacation, Congress goes and does something so asinine, so incredibly self-serving, that I couldn't let it go without commenting.

This past week our elected leaders shot down the 9/11 Health Bill, 255 to 159, which lacked the 2/3 votes needed for passage. The destructive partisan rhetoric that came about after the vote, from both sides, was equally repulsive. I'm not going to get into all the specifics of the vote, punch and counter-punch, and divisive Washington "bull" on this blog - I'll leave that to smarter people than me to debate. But the very fact that the political brawn in Washington would use ailing first responders for political leverage is sickening - shame on them!!

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Comment by Lisa Marie on August 15, 2010 at 11:14am
Comment by Christopher Drake on August 5, 2010 at 10:16pm
Amen, Paul, Amen!
Comment by Sonny O'Connor on August 2, 2010 at 9:14pm
finally someone in D.C (besides the brothers on the job) who stand up and have some nuts and get pissed about this not passing
Comment by Brad Hoff on August 2, 2010 at 3:21pm
Here is a link from FDNY Brotherhoods FB Page Gov Track See who voted yeah or nay on the Health Bill!
Comment by Brad Hoff on August 2, 2010 at 2:30pm
Here is what I just posted on one of my senators pages on FB!

I am very disappointed and ashamed Senator Begich!

Can anyone tell us as to why the 9/11 Health bill didn't receive the votes it needed to move on! How is it that Rep. Barton can push legislature for oil companies and bark at the White House and yet he sees nothing wrong with pushing down a bill for first responders and... their families! My brothers and sisters are sick and dying or are already have died from illnesses from 9/11/01. All they are asking for is help for their medical coverage and their families to be taken care of when they leave this world! Why do we always fail to save the people who deserve it the most, our first responders! We wouldn't give up on anyone and neither should the powers that be.

America sees this and if things don't change and our politicians don't wake up and work for us, some people in DC will soon be unemployed like the rest of America!

Comment by Brad Hoff on August 2, 2010 at 1:22pm
Rep. Barton from TX is the biggest pushers for it not passing! Guess he will be packing his things and leaving office this fall!
Comment by Mike France on August 2, 2010 at 12:26pm
Would you expect anything less from them.
Comment by Jon D Marsh on August 2, 2010 at 7:55am
Excellent Paul !! Maybe it's just me, but it seems as if the older I get,politicians are paying less and less attention to the people who elect them; they seem to go off into their own world of power and control without looking back to why we voted for them...their promises, foundation, and character suddenly vanish. They seem to have forgotten that they have a responsibility to each of us. How sad, how sad.
Comment by Jeff Schwering on August 1, 2010 at 5:46pm
Amen Brother!

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