Rethugs Fail To Cut Off Rep Grayson's Health Care Speech (UPDATED)

House Republicans failed to cut off Democratic Rep Alan Grayson's health care speech, as he reads the death count totals from GOP congressional districts due to lack of health care.

From Rep. Alan Grayson:

After Republicans attempted to shut down Grayson and fail, Congressman Alan Grayson discusses deaths and health care on the floor of the House.

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Alan posted another diary at DailyKos describing in detail what happened: How to Get the Republicans to Back Down:

Last night, the House Republicans tried, and failed, to squelch a speech that I gave on health care.

Here's what happened.

I had reserved an hour on the Floor of the House for a "special order." When the hour began, I noted that a Harvard study had concluded that 44,789 Americans die each year because they have no health insurance. I also noted that the Urban Institute had released figures on the number of uninsured in each Congressional district. Observing that every single House Republican had pledged to block health coverage for the insured, I then did the math:

"Alabama District 1, Congressman Jo Bonner, 114 dead."
"Alabama District 3, Congressman Mike Rogers, 88 dead."

I continued for 23 minutes, from Alabama to Ohio. Then the Republicans demanded that I "yield," so they could object and interrupt me. I said no: "My time is limited, and I intend to use it." Flustered, the Republicans then asked my "words be taken down," and threatened to call a roll-call vote, at 8 p.m., on whether I should be sanctioned. This halted the proceedings, as you can see here.

The House staff informed the Republicans that I had violated no rule of the House. The Republicans then insisted on reviewing a recording of my speech, going through it with a fine-tooth comb to see if there was anything objectionable. They found nothing. Then they asked to "ring the bells" before the proceedings resumed, wasting another 15 minutes. Finally, after an hour of Republican stalling, I finished the list:

"Wyoming, Congressman Cynthia Lummis, 73 dead."

For the remainder of this hour, I then read real-life stories from the website namesofthedead.com. These are submitted by people who lost loved ones because they had no health insurance.


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