Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said that recent comments by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber that lack of transparency was advantageous to Obamacare’s passage due to “stupidity” on the part of voters was unfortunately an “accurate” representation of how Washington functions on Tuesday’s “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel.
“It’s accurate, but it’s accurate in a way that hurts the American people, and this is exactly the kind of thing we need to change in Washington. It’s one of the reasons why I’m so excited to have a Republican majority in the Senate next year. It’s not just about the traditional ideological differences between the two parties. We, as Republicans, genuinely do agree that we need to change this. We need to change that dynamic we need an open and transparent process” he stated. And “it is, in fact, what they did and it was, in fact, their strategy and it did, in fact, work. Sadly, this sort of thing is far more common than it should be.”
He hoped that “long-term this will highlight something that has long been a problem. It’s an acute problem that got more attention with Obamacare than in other areas. But, it does resurface from time to time. What we need is for more people to run by campaigning to their constituents and saying, ‘look, if they don’t give me time to read something, if I don’t know what’s in a bill I will vote against it.’”
Lee also predicted that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be unanimously elected Senate Majority Leader, adding “I think he is going to be a great Majority Leader, and I look forward to the fact that we’re going to have an open, transparent process in the Senate where members of both parties will have the opportunity to introduce amendments.”
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