Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Deem and Pass - tyranny by any other name

I deem that the Democrats have already lost the November congressional elections, and I pass them right out out the door now!

The Wall Street Journal has a piece today that critiques the Pelosi strategy, the "Slaughter Rule," that is being considered to pass ObamaCare.

We're not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely "deem" that the House has passed the Senate health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway.   Under the "reconciliation" process that began yesterday afternoon, the House is supposed to approve the Senate's Christmas Eve bill and then use "sidecar" amendments to fix the things it doesn't like. Those amendments would then go to the Senate under rules that would let Democrats pass them while avoiding the ordinary 60-vote threshold for passing major legislation. This alone is an abuse of traditional Senate process.


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