Sen. Coburn Promises "Several More" Stunts To Delay Health Care Reform

December 16, 2009 6:14 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) tried to shut down the Senate today by demanding that a single-payer health care amendment introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) be read in its entirety.  The amendment was 767 pages long.  After the clerks read for roughly 2.5 hours, Sanders withdrew the amendment calling it an "outrage" that Republicans would "bring the United States government to a halt."  Think Progress noted that, "at the pace it was proceeding, the reading of the bill would take 14.5 hours."

A few hours later, Coburn was a guest on Sean Hannity's radio show.  During the segment, Coburn complained that Sanders had withdrawn the amendment, claiming that interrupting the reading violated Senate rules (more on that to come).  Nonetheless, Coburn promised "several more" parliamentary stunts to hold up the bill:

HANNITY: You guys are standing really strong here and you're using every parliamentary procedure at your disposal.  What is the next step here and what weapons do you have in your arsenal to battle back against this?

COBURN: Well, Sean, I actually don't want to say this because somebody might be listening, and I don't want 'em to know what the next step's going to be.  There will be several more attempts to derail this bill from a parliamentary standpoint by me.

Listen to it here: