Folks Senator Jim Bunning, (Asshole, KY), really showed his fanny a few minutes ago to ABC news reporters Jonathan Karl and Z. Byron Wolf. ABC news has the story:
Senator Bunning was even more expressive before the cameras arrived, using a little sign language.
When Senate producer Z. Byron Wolf spotted Bunning exiting his office, Bunning said, “I’m not talking to anybody.” When Wolf asked him to stay and talk to our cameras, Bunning walked toward the elevator and shot the middle finger over his head.
Now for the embed of the asshole’s on camera tirade:
This is so rich because I emailed my Congressman’s office just minutes before inquiring on the status of the NFIP authorization and I received a very courteous reply from Brian Martin:
The House passed H.R. 4691, the Temporary Extension Act, by voice vote, on Thursday, Feb. 25.
This emergency legislation will extend a range of programs (including unemployment benefits, NFIP, the highway bill, COBRA, satellite TV, and small business loan guarantees) and blocks the cut in Medicare physician payments for one month.
The House has waited for the Senate to act on these items for several months. In December, they were temporarily extended from December 31, 2009 to February 28, 2010, and now will be extended for another month in hopes that the Senate will take action.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to a one-month extension of these programs so the Senate could consider a longer-term bill, but when Reid asked for unanimous consent to approve the temporary extension bill, Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky blocked the request. The latest I heard is that the Senate will keep trying for unanimous consent for the one-month bill, but will file for a cloture vote on the longer-term package. The cloture vote would be later this week (maybe Thursday) and the vote on the bill could happen by Friday. Then the House would have to pass the Senate bill sometime next week. Not sure how long the Senate bill would extend NFIP, but I suspect they will want to go to the end of this year so they don’t have to go through this again.
The programs being extended by H.R. 4691:
Unemployment Insurance: Extends unemployment benefits, including the increased payouts and longer duration of benefits from the Recovery Act through April 5.
Help with Health Insurance for Unemployed Workers (COBRA): Extends the COBRA health insurance subsidy for people who have lost their jobs through March 31.
Medicare Physician Payments: Delays a scheduled 21.2% cut in Medicare physician payments to protect Medicare beneficiaries’ access to physicians through March 31.
Surface Transportation Authorization: Authorizes the highway, highway safety, transit and motor carrier safety programs of the Department of Transportation through March 28.
Flood Insurance: Extends the National Flood Insurance Program authorization through March 28.
Small Business Loans: Extends two temporary improvements to the Small Business Administration’s loan guarantee program, raising the percentage of loan amounts that the SBA can guarantee and allowing SBA to waive or reduce loan fees through March 28.
Satellite Television: Extends the compulsory copyright license used by satellite television providers through March 28.
The National Underwriter has the practical impact of this impasse per Arthur Postal:
Under a directive issue by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Oct. 27 and reiterated on Feb. 25, the effect of the lapse is that the NFIP will not be able to issue new policies, increase coverage on existing policies or renew expiring policies.
Insurance industry representatives said without NFIP in place, real estate closings could be held up.
All this brings to mind again how special interests control the U$ $enate which does not represent ordinary Americans in any way shape or fashion. $en Bunning is owned, like most in the GOP by Team Insurance and more than a few Senate Democrats like $en Chri$ Dodd and $en Max Baucus also call Team Insurance home so it is natural that Mr Bunning would tell everyone on Main Street “tough $hit” while the gang does not spare a dab of vaseline for the common people as they use it all up themselves in service to their corporate masters. Why do the Teabaggers want to cuddle up with this bunch??? I submit we need to replace all 100 of these self-serving asswipes regardless of political affiliation.
IMHO the Dems should schedule votes on these issues to reveal who is a wholly owned subsidiary of Team Insurance as per Rep Weiner:
And here is $enator Bunning complaining that he had to work late and thus had missed a basketball game for trivialities like unemployment benefits: