Durbin Reacts to Second Round of Health Care Debates

Republicans are trying every tactic left in the book to slow Democrats down as they wrap up round two of the health care reform debate.

The senate floor was flooded with proposals to change healthcare reform in a last chance effort to fight the new law. The current battle over healthcare centers on the so-called "fix it" bill. Democrats want to pass that bill "as is" but republicans are fighting to delay or change it by offering a full-slate of amendments.

Meanwhile President Obama was busy signing an executive order reaffirming restrictions on federal funds for abortion. Anti-abortion rights Democrat Bart Stupak switched his vote from no to yes on the pledge the president would sign the order.

Senator Dick Durbin is part of the debate in Washington and he says some of the amendments that the Republicans are proposing center around non health care issues such as a gay marriage and the recently bankrupt Acorn Group.

"I'm going to stay all night a lot of members think that they can just keep filing amendments and eventually we'll get tired and go home. It is not going to happen, we're going to finish our work here. We're going to stay all night voting on amendments. Anyone suffering from insomnia back in illinois should tune in to C-span tonight" said Senator Dick Durbin.


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