House Democrats accused Republicans of using the House floor to push a political agenda as Republicans succeed in winning approval of a resolution that urges the Missouri Congressional delegation to vote against health care reform.

HCS HCR 18 passed on a 111-46 vote.

House Minority Floor Leader Paul LeVota of Independence called the resolution political theatre. LeVota said House Republicans were pandering to their base in pushing the resolution and he accused Republicans of wasting the House’s time with a measure that is non-binding.

The sponsor of the resolution, Rep. John Diehl (R-Town and Country), denied the charge. He said he was merely following the will of Missourians, who he contends are against the measures approved by the House and Senate in Washington. Diehl called the process used in the Senate to secure passage from states such as Nebraska and Louisiana corrupt.

AUDIO: House Democratic Leader Paul LeVota questions Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley 4:20 MP3

AUDIO: Rep. Trent Skaggs (D-Kansas City) questions sponsor Rep. John Diehl (R-Town and Country) 6 min. MP3