Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to provide medical care to rescue workers and residents of New York City who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke from ground zero...All 42 Republican Senators voted against this bill. All of them basically told the workers to suck it up and to give more to the rich.
In a vote largely along party lines, the Senate rejected a procedural move by Democrats to end debate on the 9/11 health bill and bring it to an up-or-down vote; 60 yes votes were needed, but the move received only 57, with 42 votes against.
The Republican Party has undergone a series of transformations in just eight short years. They've gone from overzealous, chest-pumping Neanderthals who have the stones to question anyone who dared criticize Bush Jr., to a party that supports torture and violating civil liberties in the name of "defending the homeland", now to greedy lawmakers who care only about keeping Corporate America in the black, to hell with everyone else.