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With Brown victory, Webb calls for suspending health care votes

Rosalind Helderman

As Democrats reel from the loss of a U.S. Senate seat in deep blue Massachusetts, Virginia Sen. Jim Webb becomes the first senator we've seen tonight to call for suspending all votes on health care until newly elected Republican Scott Brown can take office.

Some Democrats had been mulling trying to complete health care legislation before Brown can be seated, to maintain their 60 seat super majority in the senate. But if Webb--or others--oppose the move, the 60-vote margin would be gone and the maneuverimpossible.

Calling the election an referendum on the "openness and integrity of our government process," Webb wrote in a statement: "It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 19, 2010; 9:48 PM ET
Categories:  James Webb , Rosalind Helderman  
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Webb talks with uncharacteristic integrity for a Democrat when he adocated that the Senate vote be suspended until Brown is seated and Kirk is beamed out of the of his seat.. Webb could have been the "41st vote". He lacked the guts to do so.

The Massachusetts Senate seat is "the People's Seat". Teddy's seat was a barstool ( right next to Christopher Dodd)

Quo warranto,B.O.?

Posted by: SlovenianWonder | January 20, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Too late as far as I am concerned for both Webb and Warner. They both lied to the citizens of Virginia as to their political inclinations. They are not moderates and voted to support the decisions of a radical, corrupt, serial lying, America hating ideologue and his promoters in the Democrat Party. Their contempt for the American people is obvious and they will be driven from office.

Posted by: lavistabb | January 20, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

""It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated.""

There was a time that I respected Mr. Webb. Those days are long gone. If there was a way to "restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders" it certainly won't be because they hold their "vote" until he is sworn in. It would be if all of a sudden Constitutional government becomes the way of life. But that dog just ain't gonna hunt.

You've had your chance to see the light and you blew it. Get ready for the show boys, it's gonna be a good one.

Posted by: Ruler4You | January 20, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

WWWWWAAAAAYYYYY too late Senator! What a classic display of "Come lately Courage" Why did you have to wait unitl after the election to buck your masters Reid and Pelosie? You think we in Virginia will just forget what you've done because you have a few years before you face our wrath? I told you via email, now I am telling the world, Your done as a Senator in Virginia. The moment you sold your soul and voted for cloture for the monstrously unconstitutional OBAMACARE bill, you committed political suicide. What you and Warner have supported is nothing less than the establishment of absolute despotism over Virginia and our beloved country. We will use the ballot box to over-throw these clever little purveyors of absolutism. Remember our motto: SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS!!!

Posted by: jmwert | January 20, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

What a desparate attempt to back-peddle, after miserably failing in his oath to faithfully represent his constituents. Webb and Warner have both been lock-step zombies, voting consistently for the Obama-Reid Progressive-Socialist agenda. Way too little, and way too late, Jimbo! Virginians who truly support and defend the Constitution and Liberty are going to send you back to private life in 2012!

Posted by: VirginiaPatriot | January 20, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Senator Webb: you are too late to advise the senate to wait on voting on the obamacare legislation. You could have done this months ago; but you voted with all of the socialist agenda in this monsterous bill. It is like you are backpeddling when we want to have officials who are more inclined to move forward as guided by their integrity and not the political machine that enslaves you.

Posted by: noble2008 | January 20, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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