riddler78 saidAs it turns out, Coburn's objection was that it was too expensive and a compromise was reached. His objections do not appear to be unreasonable:
But Coburn's resistence has yielded fruit in the form of a compromise that, among much else, reduces the measure's estimated total cost from more than $6 billion to about $4.2 billion.
"I'll stand in the way of anything that doesn't make sense and doesn't spend our money wisely, so you know, it doesn't matter what the issue is, we're in such a hole, Jon, that we don't have the luxury of not getting things right," Coburn said in an interview with ABC News' Jonathan Karl shortly after leaving a closed-door meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
I gotta say Christian, it makes your interpretation seem rather partisan. More from Bloomberg:
Coburn, a physician, said the revised bill would close the victims’ compensation fund in 2016 instead of 2031, and would include workers’ compensation payments in determining benefits that victims would receive.
“Every American recognizes the heroism of the 9/11 first responders, but it is not compassionate to help one group while robbing future generations of opportunity,” Coburn said in a statement.
As for the criticisms? From Mitch McConnell whom you reference Christian:
Still, the acrimonious fight over the 9/11 legislation appeared to leave Republicans on the defensive, with some complaining that their party had been unfairly demonized for raising legitimate objections to the bill the House passed.
"Some have tried to portray this debate as a debate between those who support 9/11 workers and those who don't," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "This is a gross distortion of the facts. There was never any doubt about supporting the first responders. It was about doing it right."
Blah, blah,blah. Republican, Frank Luntz scripted talking points.
Coburn's objection most recently was that the bill had not been brought to committee. A LIE. What you're posting is his tap dancing after being called on the carpet for being an obstructionist asshat.
As for Mitch McConnell, he said his primary goal was to make sure Obama is a "one-term" president. It was only after their own base starting turning against them that they started coming around.
And, I'll remind you that the issue of compensation for medical costs for 9/11 responders was completely ignored by Bush.
You think these are 'reasonable objections' when in reality the Republican leaders were, once again, trying to run down the clock and avoid doing this.
Thankfully, it's done and they can all suck it. Meanwhile the Reagan Republicans who have supported the Republicans have now seen exactly what kind of amoral power hungry douche bags these Republicans are and will not vote for them again.
PS: Any minute SouthBeach will come on to this thread and tell you you can't comment on US politics because you're Canadian and then MockTwinkie will tell us you're super-wealthy because you're Asian.