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Busiest Day in Congress: Where’s Loretta Sanchez?

March 20th, 2010 · 13 Comments

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, known for milking her 5 minutes of fame and attention-whoring ways, apparently was not on the Hill today, one of the busiest days in Congress this year on the eve of the historic health care vote. I have been following the vote tally on twitter and from various news sources, but the latest from via Fire Dog Lake and Roll Call is this:

As their whip efforts narrow to just a handful of Members, House Democratic leaders are facing an unlikely problem vote: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).

Sanchez was nowhere to be found on Saturday — she was in Florida on a fundraising jaunt, two Democratic sources said — and while leaders expected her to return for the Sunday vote on final passage, they weren’t assured. What’s more, leaders now list the Orange County Democrat as a “no” vote.

Sanchez’s office did not return a request for comment Saturday evening. She cast her last vote shortly after 6 p.m. Friday and missed all seven recorded votes on Saturday, a review of the record shows.

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Sanchez this week told the Orange County Register that she needs to be satisfied that the health care overhaul is affordable. “The Senate bill is a bad bill,” she told the paper.

Politically, the vote should be a relatively easy lift for Sanchez. The seven-term lawmaker has been re-elected with at least 60 percent of the vote since 2000, winning by a decisive 69 percent in 2008. President Barack Obama carried the district by 60 percent.

I find it absolutely appalling that Congresswoman Sanchez was not at work today, but I’m not entirely surprised. She has proven to be among the least serious legislators over the years, and she does have a knack for drawing attention to herself in the most unflattering way. She voted for health care previously in the fall when it originally passed the House, and she even came out saying that she was in favor of a single payer universal health care system this summer. Ok, we didn’t get a single payer bill, but there are some important things that take effect within six months such as:

* Insurers wouldn’t be allowed to cancel policies just because a person became sick or to place lifetime caps on care
* New insurance plans would have to pay full cost of certain preventive care and exempt such care from deductibles
* Children could stay on their parents’ insurance policies until their 26th birthday

And although it doesn’t happen until 2014, insurers would be barred from denying people of coverage due to pre-existing conditions. This is a big one for me since there are a handful of people I care about who cannot obtain insurance for this very reason.

Congresswoman Sanchez’s fundraising efforts can wait, but many in her district who are struggling for some consumer protection and access to health care can’t. While she jet sets to Florida and laughs all the way to the bank on the taxpayer’s dime and enjoys her wonderful health care, she just expressed to the constituents in California’s 47th District where they rank on her priority list. If Sanchez does vote “no” tomorrow, I can’t wait to hear the explanation. Was she canoodling with Jack Einwechter or did she take John Saylor out for another excursion courtesy of your tax dollars (perhaps she’s at The Four Seasons in Miami)? Or better yet, like Robert Cruikshank speculates, maybe she doesn’t want to be re-elected after all.

UPDATED: Representative Loretta Sanchez voted YES on the health care bill.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Justin M. // Mar 21, 2010 at 3:59 am

    I couldn’t believe this news when I heard it. It’s 3AM, but I packed up and headed to her campaign offices, planning to camp out front and let my voice be heard. It turns out, however, that her campaign headquarters are in an area of the neighborhood that you should not even stop your car at at this hour, much less camp out at. haha. I stayed for a little while, but I was pretty concerned for my own safety so I got out of there

    So I drove over to her office a few blocks down the road. It’s in a nice, fancy, secluded little office complex, but there was nobody working late there either.

    I’ll head back out there when the sun comes up. I hope to get some frickin answers. I wish Loretta was more like her sister. . .

  • 2 Simply Amazed // Mar 21, 2010 at 7:47 am

    “Organizing For America” Rally at Sanchez’s Campaign Office – 604 South Harbor – Today/Sunday March 21, 11:00-1:00 p.m.

    Proving to our rep we support a YES VOTE!

    And, proving to her if we don’t get represented by her YES VOTE, we won’t support her next election.

    SANCHEZ: CRAWL OUT FROM UNDERNEATH YOUR DESK! Get To Work!

  • 3 Anna // Mar 21, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I hope Sanchez votes No. This bill is a catastrophe. People don’t have health insurance now because they can’t afford it. Passing a mandate forcing people to buy private health insurance and using the IRS as a collection agent will not change that.

    Furthermore, this bill siphons Medicare money from CA and moves it back east. Also, illegal immigrants will not be allowed to buy private health insurance. So CA loses money. What else is new…

  • 4 Anna // Mar 21, 2010 at 10:19 am

    http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=569cecc20e31e100ce297b888c00be8e

    According to figures from the Pew Hispanic Center, 59 percent of undocumented immigrants, 29 percent of Latino documented residents, and 14 percent of Latino U.S. citizens are uninsured.

  • 5 Anna // Mar 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Looks like Obama has agreed to sign an Executive Order giving anti-choice Bart Stupak everything he wants. He threw women under the bus yet again!

    Obama=anti-woman president!

  • 6 Anna // Mar 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Interesting picture.

    http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvgov/judy%20chu.jpg

  • 7 El Cholo // Mar 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Why don’t you let Sunny or Bubbles write your commentary? Your apologies for Loretta have become so pathetic they undermine your message. On this day when the Democratic Party needs to display its legislative majority in force, Loretta Sanchez is at the Four Seasons hotel in Miami wasting taxpayer’s monies entertaining Lobbyists. How does that translate into responsible public service?

  • 8 Anna // Mar 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    This whole bill is a giveaway to lobbyists!! You’d better start saving money to pay for the mandate, or the IRS fine.

    I was just on the Calitics blog, and in the middle of a discussion about the issues, somebody injected silly gossip about Loretta with links to this blog. It’s ridiculous.

    This bill sucks, and I wish she had voted no. But it’s too late now.

  • 9 webmaster // Mar 22, 2010 at 5:31 am

    “This whole bill is a giveaway to lobbyists!!”

    I think that this bill is better than tearing it up and wasting more time, which is what the GOP wanted to do (more stalling and obstruction).

    As for this bill being for the lobbyists, does that surprise you? Look at Loretta Sanchez and her own relationships with ‘lobbyists’ that she tries to act coy about…

  • 10 Anna // Mar 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Good article about the ‘healthcare’ bill.

    http://www.now.org/press/03-10/03-21b.html

    Fact: The bill permits age-rating, the practice of imposing higher premiums on older people. This practice has a disproportionate impact on women, whose incomes and savings are lower due to a lifetime of systematic wage discrimination.

    Fact: The bill also permits gender-rating, the practice of charging women higher premiums simply because they are women. Some are under the mistaken impression that gender-rating has been prohibited, but that is only true in the individual and small-group markets. Larger group plans (more than 100 employees) sold through the exchanges will be permitted to discriminate against women — having an especially harmful impact in workplaces where women predominate.

    We know why those gender- and age-rating provisions are in the bill: because insurers insisted on them, as they will generate billions of dollars in profits for the companies. Such discriminatory rating must be completely eliminated.

    Fact: The bill imposes harsh restrictions on the ability of immigrants to access health care, imposing a 5-year waiting period on permanent, legal residents before they are eligible for assistance such as Medicaid, and prohibiting undocumented workers even to use their own money to purchase health insurance through an exchange. These provisions are counterproductive in terms of controlling health care costs; they are there because of ugly anti-immigrant sentiment, and must be eliminated.

  • 11 VAM // Mar 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    So Loretta Sanchez did not vote yesterday on the health care bill? What is wrong with her? I was wondering where she was.

  • 12 Rep. Loretta Sanchez Defends Health Care Vote // Mar 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm

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  • 13 JT // Mar 23, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Loretta told the OC Register that she didn’t vote on Saturday because she was in Florida on “personal business”–probably that means she was frolicking in Miami Beach. We can’t expect her to let little things like health care reform to inconvenience her or to disrupt her weekend play time! Undoubtedly, she was in Miami with her lover, Jack, as her colleagues wrestled with the biggest domestic program legislation since the New Deal. For those interested in Loretta’s lobbyist-love triangle- soap opera, the whole Saylor episode remains a mystery. What we do know is that she now lives with Jack Einwechter in Virginia and is seen publicly with him everywhere, in Washington and Orange County. She doesn’t seem to be worried about hiding this relationship anymore.

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