Mar 15, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
House Democrats Appear Set To Pass Senate Bill Without Voting On It
By Jon Ward 03/12/10 at 1:24 PM
Republicans now expect Democrats to pass health care through the House with a trick only Capitol Hill could dream up: approving the Senate bill without voting on it.
Democrats will vote on a separate bill that includes language stating that the original Senate bill is “deemed passed.”
So by voting for the first bill — a reconciliation measure to fix certain things in the Senate bill — that will automatically pass the second bill — the original Senate bill — without a separate roll call taking place.
So to put this in plainer English and a bit more simplified:
The Constitution requires each house to vote on a bill. It requires the members who vote to record the yeas and nays. The passed bill (reconciled if the two chambers bills are different) is then sent to the President.
But that isn't what the Democrats are doing. The House is not voting on the Senate bill, but instead "assuming that the House passed the bill" and THEN the house will vote on amendments to the bill that the house should have voted on but didn't because it was "deemed passed."
This is unconstitutional and illustrates either:
1) The ignorance of the Constitution by the Democrat leaders
2) The willful and blatant disregard of the Constitution by the Democrat leaders
3) Both of the above.
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