Sen. Franken Becomes a Cosponsor of Vitter/Coburn Amendment

First reported by The Hill, GOP Sens. Vitter and Coburn had ignored requests by Sen. Sherrod Brown to become a cosponsor of an amendment forcing members of Congress onto the public option. 

The Hill continued:

Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) said he is trying to co-sponsor the amendment — but that Coburn and Vitter won’t let him. Coburn and Vitter are planning to offer the amendment during the Senate floor debate on healthcare reform.

"They’ve not said yes to allow me to be a co-sponsor," Brown told The Hill on Thursday. "I’ve called their office four times. I’m proud of the public option, I think it would be great and we ought to join it and show the country how good it is. I think my interest may be more genuine than theirs, but I’d like to work with them if they’ll let me. If they just want to score partisan points, I still want to work with them."

Undeterred, Sen. Franken beat them at their own game.

–Media Matters Action Network