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All-male lineup to craft health bill draws flak

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Photographs by AP/JACQUELYN MARTIN

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer displays a letter from Senate Democrats urging their Republican colleagues to join in working on a bipartisan health care overhaul bill. Saying the House bill “is so discriminatory against women,” Schumer called it “a very, very bad thing” to exclude women from the group of GOP senators crafting a bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the criticism and said all 52 Republican senators were shaping the plan.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fended off criticism Tuesday that a working group of Republican senators he's asked to craft a health care bill lacks women, saying all 52 GOP senators were shaping the legislation.

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libertas2u says...

This constant race and gender baiting is driving the left further away from the American people. Any criticism of the left or a leftest policy and one is labeled a racist or misogynist which only serves to render both terms meaningless. Since the election all we've heard is how the left's only agenda is to block and destroy Trump, it is pathological.

Posted 10 May 2017, 7:21 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

libertas, having worked on many boards and commissions, it just makes sense to have diversity on the group to help properly address the issues. Apparently you've never been in that position or you would understand the point the Democratic leadership is making. I find it hard to see this issue as "driving the left further away from the American people." If anything, balanced representation aligns them more closely with the American people. Maybe that's why Republicans have a hard time connecting with the people they represent.
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BTW, maybe we should look to the words of Sen. McConnnell in the National Journal, Oct. 23, 2010 - "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." Single most important thing. Let me repeat that, single most important thing. Not healthcare, not jobs, not national defense, not the economy. Get back to me when you've got a real argument there.

Posted 10 May 2017, 7:45 a.m. Suggest removal

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