A tower of 20,000 pages of Obamacare regulations, wrapped in a neat red ribbon and first unveiled publicly by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference, made its way to the Senate floor today as the upper chamber debated the continuing resolution to fund the government. It took several GOP aides to haul the paper tower through the Capitol to make its appearance; the National Journal’s Shane Goldmacher captured the scene:
With the hashtag #redtapetower trending on Twitter, McConnell stood next to the regulations as he called for repealing Obamacare. At CPAC, where staff members set up the tower on stage the night before McConnell’s address, he called for dismantling the program “root and branch” and vowed to fight the legislation and “every other assault on liberty the Left throws at us.”
The “red-tape tower” has been making its way around Washington, D.C. At a press conference earlier today, GOP senator Mike Johanns, flanked by senator Orrin Hatch, stood next to it as he called for the repeal of the regulations. The tower reportedly stands a whopping 7 feet, 3 inches high.