It’s time once again to dive into the bag of predictions and verify how they turned out. That’s why the category for this post and all like it is called veridiction, the act of verifying predictions.
Today’s huzzah goes out to the distinguished gentleman from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senator, who also happens to be the Minority Leader in that body.
After the House of Representatives voted to repeal President Obama’s health-care legislation that was passed last year, Senator McConnell, in a Joe Namath-esque move, assured those who would listen that the Senate would vote on that repeal. As the story says…
“I want to congratulate our colleagues in the House on this important first step. I hope the Senate will soon follow suit with a vote of its own,” McConnell said in a video release following the successful 245-189 vote in the House to repeal the healthcare law.
“The Democratic leadership in the Senate doesn’t want to vote on this bill,” McConnell added. “But I assure you, we will.”
Now, this is probably splitting hairs, but Senator McConnell, like Joe Namath, was correct in his assurance.
On February 2, 2011, the United States Senate took a vote on Senate Amendment 13, an amendment to S.233, the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. This amendment’s purpose was to repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
In the vote on that amendment, which was technically a procedural vote as it was a “Motion to Waive All Applicable Budgetary Discipline” (which sounds really really techincal and wonky), the motion was defeated.
Defeated though it was, it was a vote, and a vote is what Senator McConnell made an assurance on.
Congratulations to you, Senator McConnell.