Everyone in Connecticut and beyond should send a thank you message to Connecticut’s U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D) for standing up and saying exactly what should be said about Joe Lieberman.
“A House Democrat from Connecticut said Tuesday that Sen. Joe Lieberman should be recalled from office over his opposition to the Senate health care bill. “No individual should hold health care hostage, including Joe Lieberman, and I’ll say it flat out, I think he ought to be recalled,” Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told POLITICO.” [….]
Unfortunately, Connecticut has no laws in existence that would recall a sitting Senator. In addition, the US Constitution does not authorize states to recall members of Congress. Each house has the authority to police its own members. In a G Poll earlier today, the question was asked whether we should move to reconciliation (in the house) instead of stripping health care reform in order to placate Senator Lieberman. Ninety-two percent of those responding said yes.
Last month, G Poll ran two polls asking what Senate Democrats should do if Lieberman filibusters health care reform, whether we should trust Lieberman and whether he should retain his leadership position, etc. Over 95 percent of respondents said Lieberman should be removed from his leadership position and ousted from the Democratic caucus. Further, that he cannot be trusted and that he is completely out of touch with Connecticut citizens.
The Constitution states that each house has the authority to police itself. Well, it is time for the Senate to get its house in order. We cannot continue down this path, knowing that 45,000 excess deaths will occur this year and the next, and every year thereafter as long as we do not enact substantive health care reform NOW.