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GOP Introduces Resolution to Censure Grayson – Debate at 2pm

Rep. Tom Price is introducing a resolution to censure Alan Grayson in the House for saying that the GOP health care bill is: "don’t get sick." There will be debate on Grayson’s actions at 2pm today on the floor which you can watch on CSPAN.

The Republicans are now likening it to Joe Wilson’s outburst in which he called the President a "liar." The difference being, of course, that Wilson was heckling the President during the State of the Union speech, and Grayson was not saying anything nearly as bad as what Republicans have repeatedly said about the Democratic health care bill:

Take Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.), who said in July: "Last week, Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America’s seniors: drop dead."

Or Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a doctor, who reviewed the public health insurance option in July and diagnosed that it is "gonna kill people."

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), not one to pull punches, suggested on the House floor that Congress "make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans and that ensures affordable access for all Americans and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government."

July was a busy time for House floor death sentences. Also that month, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), noted: "One in five people have to die because they went to socialized medicine…I would hate to think that among five women, one of ’em is gonna die because we go to socialized care."

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) had a similar assessment. "They’re going to save money by rationing care, getting you in a long line. Places like Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. People die when they’re in line," he said on the House floor in July.

It’s insane that this has reached this level, and that progressives are being once again sacrificed to a right-wing hissy fit when Republicans regularly engage in the most extreme eliminationist rhetoric with absolutely no consequences.

We expect Democrats to take to the floor to defend Grayson, and that the Speaker will not allow this travesty to come up for a vote.

Leadership is obviously not going to stand by their progressive members, who are being sacrificed to a right-wing hissy fit like Van Jones, Yosi Sargent and MoveOn have been before.

Please send a powerful message to those seeking to silence progressives by donating to Alan Grayson and showing your support.

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GOP Introduces Resolution to Censure Grayson – Debate at 2pm

Rep. Tom Price is introducing a resolution to censure Alan Grayson in the House for saying that the GOP health care bill is: "don’t get sick." There will be debate on Grayson’s actions at 2pm today on the floor which you can watch on CSPAN.

The Republicans are now likening it to Joe Wilson’s outburst in which he called the President a "liar." The difference being, of course, that Wilson was heckling the President during the State of the Union speech, and Grayson was not saying anything nearly as bad as what Republicans have repeatedly said about the Democratic health care bill:

Take Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.), who said in July: "Last week, Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America’s seniors: drop dead."

Or Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a doctor, who reviewed the public health insurance option in July and diagnosed that it is "gonna kill people."

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), not one to pull punches, suggested on the House floor that Congress "make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans and that ensures affordable access for all Americans and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government."

July was a busy time for House floor death sentences. Also that month, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), noted: "One in five people have to die because they went to socialized medicine…I would hate to think that among five women, one of ’em is gonna die because we go to socialized care."

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) had a similar assessment. "They’re going to save money by rationing care, getting you in a long line. Places like Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. People die when they’re in line," he said on the House floor in July.

It’s insane that this has reached this level, and that progressives are being once again sacrificed to a right-wing hissy fit when Republicans regularly engage in the most extreme eliminationist rhetoric with absolutely no consequences.

We expect Democrats to take to the floor to defend Grayson, and that the Speaker will not allow this travesty to come up for a vote.

Leadership is obviously not going to stand by their progressive members, who are being sacrificed to a right-wing hissy fit like Van Jones, Yosi Sargent and MoveOn have been before.

Please send a powerful message to those seeking to silence progressives by donating Alan Grayson and showing your support.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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