Sunday, February 08, 2009
McCaskill: The building is on fire
During an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press this morning. Sen. Claire McCaskill said it was time to stop playing political games and get the economic stimulus bill passed:
"We were compromised--we did compromise in the Senate. We had a group of Republican senators in a room and we worked hour after hour--and by the way, that door was open to every Republican in the Senate to come into that room and go through this bill line by line by line. And we reached a compromise, which is what the American people want. You know, the building is on fire, and what we typically do in Washington is argue what color of fire truck do we send to the scene. They do not want us arguing about the color of the fire truck. They want something bold, they want something swift. They don't want a series of procedural votes, even though you guys know we have the votes, on Monday and Tuesday. We could pass this thing on Monday if we would quit playing the political inside the Beltway games of figure out a way to get a political advantage."
A transcript of the program can be found at this link.