Arguments, Votes and Victory Dances

Posted on July 3, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

By Caren Z. Turner

Happy Independence Day!   

What a week in Washington!   105 degrees and power outages were nothing compared to the heated arguments, votes, and victory dances.  Thursday, June 28th was historic. 

At precisely the moment Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi learned of the Supreme Court’s determination on Obamacare, we happened to be in her office.  As she strolled to the press conference she did a quick stop and chat and gave us the “thumbs up” re: the Supreme Court’s decision.  Shrieks of joy could be heard throughout her office as well as the Capitol Rotunda.  The full decision  was a shocker for most.  By most accounts, Chief Justice Roberts changed his vote to uphold the mandate on the basis of the US taxing authority.   Of course, the Democratic victory may be pyrrhic.   Next week the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the mandate’s repeal.  It remains to be seen what the states will do.  Simultaneously, hundreds of Tea Party protesters objected to the court’s decision.   With signs and protest votes they argued that this was only the beginning of their fight to repeal the ObamaTax. 

At  2PM and at 4PM, the House agreed to vote on Darrell Issa’s measure to  find Attorney General, Eric Holder, in contempt of Congress.  The Democrats, lead by the Congressional Black Caucus walked out of the Congress altogether!  Well, at least it wasn’t gridlock!

 Turner GPA is a leading D.C.-based national lobbying and government affairs firm dedicated to delivering cutting edge policy advocacy for the manufacturing, defense, aerospace, health and energy industries. Members of our professional policy team can be reached at (202) 466-2511. We are also on the Web at www.turnergpa.com.

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