Franken makes final case for health care bill, says he’s ‘proud’ to support it

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Sen. Al Franken took to the Senate floor today to make his final case for the Senate health-care bill: It may not be perfect, Franken said, but he is “proud” to be voting for it.

“I said at the beginning of this debate that there would be amendments to make it an even better bill and that there would be amendments that would make it less to my liking and, therefore, a less good bill, from my point of view. But I also said I would only support a bill if it makes quality health care available to tens of thousands of additional Minnesotans and tens of millions of more Americans.

“We’ve all compromised on many fronts, but the bill we have before us is real reform and deserves our support.”

Franken noted the contentious atmosphere in the Senate, part of which he stands accused of contributing to.

“There have been accusations flying back and forth. Umbrage has been taken. This place has become an umbrage factory. I even took umbrage once, and I feel bad about that,” he said.

Some of the umbrage taken on the Republican side of the aisle came when Franken objected to giving Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman a few extra moments to finish a floor speech. Democratic leaders had instructed presiding officers to not allow time extensions — Franken was presiding at the time and complied with that request. That, in turn, set off Arizona Republican John McCain, who decried the move as evidence of the Senate’s alarming decline in comity.

That speed-’em-up request must not be in effect any more — Franken ran out of time before completing his remarks and asked for an additional two minutes. When no senator objected, that request was granted.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/23/2009 - 05:04 pm.

    HA! So who is Senator* Franken p*ssing off more…conservatives or liberals?

    Your call!

  2. Submitted by david granneman on 12/23/2009 - 08:19 pm.

    hello all
    i have a couple of questions i would like to ask sen franken. was he able to read the entire 2500 pages in the bill in the 24 hours between when it was presented and when he voted on it. better yet did he understand all the provision in the bill. are you proud of the fact you voted for a bill you had neither read or understand. IS THIS TYPE OF LEGISLATION WE SENT YOU TO WASHINGTON FOR. YOU CAN NOW BE EASILY REPLACED WITH A RUBBER STAMP.

  3. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 12/23/2009 - 10:36 pm.

    Please don’t feed the trolls….

  4. Submitted by Rita Sanchez on 01/06/2010 - 02:59 pm.

    Franken, what an embarassing joke for Minnesota. It is hard to look at him in the Senate without questioning his legitimacy. Very sad for Minnesota, very sad for America.

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