[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it
By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, March 16, 2010; A01
After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate’s health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.
Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health-care bill to be passed.
The tactic – known as a “self-executing rule” or a “deem and pass” – has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.
“It’s more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know,” the speaker said in a roundtable discussion with bloggers Monday. “But I like it,” she said, “because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill.”
Full story at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/15/AR2010031503742_pf.html
I would say that for those who are against the Senate bill and have a Congressman who is a potential “no” vote on health care that the thing to do would be to get in touch with their office and make clear that a yes vote on an “improvements” bill that will be used to deem the Senate bill as having passed will be counted by you as voting for the health care bill, and you will blah, blah, blah.
I can see where they love the idea of cover of saying “I never voted for it, I voted for improvements on it but I was against the bill itself.”
They need to be informed that that lie won’t work.[/quote]
The Republicans used a similar tactic similar tactic in 2006, which, typically/hypocritically, pelosi challenged in court. The U.S. District Court upheld it.
However, it’s never been used for anything like this. Nor should it. I have a feeling this would be fast tracked to the SCOTUS.
Besides this tactic being obviously unconstitutional, does anyone else think that obama’s State of the Union speech could end up hurting him?
Would anyone else love to watch the Harvard Law Professor/rigid ideologue-in-chief claim victory in his massive, government health care takeover, only to have those he shamed pull it out from under his feet?