The Democrats’ radical agenda has been openly challenged by the people in his own party, including Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), in a series of Senate floor speeches that have made the seventh-term Republican senator a popular public figure.
And Scott says what he’s doing can be seen in his party’s actions in the Senate now that they’ve switched sides on a procedural vote to end debate on the GOP’s health care bill.
“The conservative senators are not only speaking against this radical Democrat plan, they’re filibustering it,” Scott said in an interview with FOX News Radio’s Guy Benson and Marie Harf Thursday. “And that does not seem to be at all consistent with the rhetoric that’s been coming from the leadership of the Republican party about doing what’s right. To me, this is a very clear message from the American people that they just don’t feel like the Democrats’ plan is going to address the problems that they’re having.”
“Even when you look at last night’s vote, when they’re trying to pass something through a reconciliation bill, in what I think was a great American shakedown,” Scott added, “They tried to keep a bunch of Republican votes on their side in the cloture vote. When the votes were truly divided between the Democrats and the Republicans, their bill failed and the healthcare reform effort is dead as a plan.”
Scott’s votes on Monday prevented Democrats from breaking a 20-vote Republican filibuster to move ahead with a vote on the Senate healthcare bill, a decision that had the potential to shut down government.