Steele says Dems "flipping the bird" to the American people
By: Susan Ferrechio
Chief Congressional Correspondent
12/21/09 4:49 PM EST
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Tuesday accused Democrats of "flipping the bird" at the American people in its quest to pass health care reform legislation.
Steele said in a conference call with reporters that Democratic leaders are ignoring public opposition to the cost and scope of their health care reform plan and holding votes in the dead of night out of cowardice.
"I'm tired of the Congress thumbing their nose and flipping a bird to the American people," Steele said.
Steele said Republicans plan to keep debating the bill as long as possible in order to provide ample time for people to hear what is in the legislation, which was released on Saturday. Under Senate rules, the maximum time Republicans can demand for debate expires on Christmas Eve around 7 p.m. At that time, a final vote is expected on the health care bill.
When told of Steele's comments, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responded,"I'm disappointed that someone with the title Mr. Steele has would be so crass and such a terrible example for the youth of this country."
Reid added, "The American people, once they have more information, will be fully supportive of this bill."
It should be pointed out that Reid has also been known to make crass comments. He once called President Bush a liar and last year heralded the opening of the Capitol Visitors Center by saying on Washington's hot summer days "you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it's true."