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House Democrats Appear Set to Pass Senate Bill Without Voting on It
By Jon Ward
Friday, March 12
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.
It’s called the “Slaughter Solution” (prepare for a weekend of endless TV gabbing about it).
And after debating House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on the chamber floor, Minority Whip Eric Cantor emerged convinced that Democrats are going to use the tactic, and that they won’t allow Republicans, and the public, to see the text of any legislation for 72 hours before a vote.
“I can infer that we’re going to see a rule that will deem the Senate bill as having passed, and at the same time not even have 72 hours to even look at what they are passing,” Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said in an interview outside his office at the Capitol.
“The outrage to me on the part of the public is going to be focused on the fact that there is not even an up or down vote, a clean up or down vote,” Cantor said.
Here’s the reason Democrats are using such a complicated procedure: many in the House completely do not trust the Senate to pass fixes to the bill passed by the Senate in December. But according to the rules of reconciliation, the House must go first in passing the Senate bill and passing a reconciliation fix.
So House Democrats have been searching for a way to alleviate members’ concerns that if they vote for the Senate bill and the Senate does nothing to fix it, they will be hung out to dry as having supported a piece of legislation that many across the country dislike, either for spending reasons, or because of special provisions like the extra money for Nebraska’s Medicaid population (the “Cornhusker kickback”).
Technically, using the “Slaughter solution,” they’ll never have voted for the bill they find odious, even if their vote on the reconciliation legislation will have been the vote that passed the Senate bill into law.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, alluded to all this at her weekly press conference Friday.
“There are certain assurances that they want and that we will get for them before I ask them to take a vote,” Pelosi said.
The “Slaughter solution” is named for House Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter, the New York Democrat who came up with the idea. She told the Daily Caller on Thursday that the chances of her procedure being used were “pretty good.”
Despite doubt among some on Capitol Hill on whether the “Slaughter solution” was feasible, Cantor expressed no doubt that the tactic could be used.
“It’s a self-executing rule. It is akin to passage but hidden in a rule as a side-note, passing the 2,700-page, $1 trillion bill, oh by the way,” he said.
Hoyer rejected the idea that Republicans have not had enough time to review the legislation.
“You have had months to review the substance of that bill. You don’t like it. We understand. You’re going to oppose it. We understand that as well. The fact of the matter is you cannot say you have had no notice of each and every provision for over two months,” said Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat.
Cantor said he wanted 72 hours to review the final text of the reconciliation bill.
“The reconciliation bill is new text. He claims it’s old hat, but this is clearly where they’re reconciling differences,” Cantor said, expressing concern that Democrats would rush the final text to the House floor for a vote to keep “sweeteners” used to buy off votes from being discovered.
Democrats are coalescing around a schedule for the bill’s route to the House floor for a vote. They are expecting a final score from the Congressional Budget Office later today.
On Monday, the House Budget Committee will mark the bill up, leading to an expected vote in the Rules Committee on Wednesday, with a final vote by the full House possible next weekend.
The question remains, however, whether Pelosi will even be able to round up enough votes to pass a bill.
Momentum continued to go the wrong direction for her on Friday, as two more Democrats said they are opposed to the bill.
ARE YOU GOING TO TELL ME THAT WE STILL LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY?????.
THIS SHOULD BE THE LAST STRAW!!!
TIME FOR THE AMERICAN CITIZENS TO REVOLT AGAINST THIS LEGISTRATION!!!!
OBAMAIS DOING EXACTLY AS HE SAID HE WOULD DO. “CHANGE THE COUNTRY”. WELL HE IS DOING IT. HE HAS HIS PRIVATE GOVERNMENT THAT DO NOT HAVE TO ANSWER TO ANYONE! “36 CZARS WHO ARE IN CHARGE OF ALL PARTS OF THE ECONOMY. THEY ONLY ANSWERTO OBAMA. HE IS GOING TO GIVE US SOCIALIZED MEDICINE WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT! ANY CONGRESSMAN WHO DOESN’T VOTE FOR IT WILL BE PUNISHED.
HE IS CHANGING THE CONSTITUTION, AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS
ALSO CHANGING THE WORDING IN DICTONARYS!!!
AND TRYING TO TAKE RELIGION OUT OUT OF OUR LIVES!!!
THE NEW HEALTH CARE BILL WILL COST OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS. DON’T FORGET WE ARE BROKE!!
(ATTENTION) NEW INFORMATION- DEMOCRATS WANT THIS BILL TO COVER 12MILLION ILEGAL ALIENS!!!!!!
GENERATIONS OF OUR GRANDCHILDREN WE BE TRYING TO PAY FOR THIS.
THE LATEST IS ONE WAY THAT HEALTH CARE WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF IS TO GIVE THE YOUNG PRIOTY OVER SENIORS FOR HEALTH CARE!!!!! HOW IS THAT FOR A DISGRACE!!!!
OUR DOLLAR IS ABOUT TO BE REPLACED BY THE “EURO” OR WHAT EVER THE CHINESE US FOR MONEY!
THE GO ERNMENT IS RUNNING CAR COMPANYS, MORTGAGE COMPANY’S, UNIONS, THE NATIONAL MEDIA.
FANNY AND FREDDIE OWN 56% OF ALL MORTGAGES IN THE COUNTRY. THAT MEANS THE GOV. OWN THEM.
CZAR OBAMA AND FAMILY ARE TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD KISSING HANDS AND “ASSES” OF OUR ENEMY’S AND TELLING THE WORLD THAT HE WILL FIX EVERYTHING. HE IS ALWAYS ON THE ROAD IN THIS COUNTRY RUNNING HIS POPULARITY CONTEST.
WHO IS AT THE SWITCH IN WASHINGTON. WHOEVER IT IS ASLEEP.
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NOT ALLOWED TO VOTE ON NEW LEGISLATION. THE LIBERAL LEFT WINGDEMOCRATS HAVE THE GOVERNMENT ALL TO THEM SELFS. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS OUT TO “LUNCH”
IT IS TIME TO CLEAN OUT WASHINGTON AND START OVER WITH A NEW PARTY AND PEOPLE WHO ARE QUALIFIED TO BE IN GOVERNMENT. THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, NANCY PELOSI, HARRY REID, BARNY FRANK, CHRIS DODD DON’T HAVE A CLUE AS TO WHAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WANT, AND THEY DON’T CARE.
DO YOU WANT PEOPLE LIKE THIS RUNNING YOUR LIFE??? I DON’T!!!
WAKE UP AMERICA IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A “DICTATORSHIP” IN THE MAKING.
AND THE DEMS COULDN’T RUN A “HOTDOG STAND”
“Conservatives are outraged about the special access given to ABC News to broadcast a series of programs from the White House on Wednesday. ABC is scheduled to broadcast “Good Morning America” from the White House lawn, “World News” its nightly news show from the Blue Room and a special prime time “Questions for the President: Prescription for America” on President Obama’s health care reform proposal from the East Room.
Many fear objective and balanced coverage of the president controversial health care plan will be the casualty of “ABC day” at the White House. The transformation of a major news network from watchdog to Obama lapdog would threaten the very nature of an independent press that is vital in maintaining liberty and a civil society.
Co-opting corporations, especially media giants such as ABC News, to promote his policies appears to be part of Obama’s political strategy. General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, for example, is a member of the president’s Economic Recovery Board (PERB) and the company’s media units NBC News, CNBC and MSNBC frequently advance Obama’s energy policy through its programming and news coverage which would also benefit GE’s investment in green technologies.
While financial opportunism may be the driver of GE’s favorable media coverage of Obama’s energy policy, ABC’s interest in health care may represent a deep seeded liberal bias that goes to its parent company, The Walt Disney Company.
Disturbingly, Disney CEO Bob Iger has shown a willingness to put his personal political views over company profits. Under his direction, Iger refuses to sell the DVD or its distribution rights of the ABC miniseries “The Path to 9/11,” a program that was based on the federal government’s “9/11 Commission Report.” The miniseries was criticized by liberal politicians and advocacy groups when it aired in September 2006 because they felt it made President Clinton look responsible for the terrorist attacks in 2001.
Despite losing about $ 40 million on the project because the left-wing generated controversy intimidated commercial sponsorship, Iger keeps the production under lock and key thus denying shareholders an opportunity to recoup their investment in the miniseries.
Disney can’t claim the controversial nature of “The Path to 9/11” as a reason to not profit from the film. Disney profited from Michael Moore‘s “Fahrenheit 9/11” — a highly politicized view of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to Slate, Disney “booked a $46 million net profit” while “it paid Moore a stunning $21 million” for his documentary.
Because of concerns that Iger’s political views are harming its investors, a mutual fund I’m affiliated with filed a shareholder proposal with Disney to increase transparency of the company’s political donations.
At Disney’s annual meeting, shareholders applauded my explanation of the political basis for the company’s refusal to sell “The Path to 9/11” but it clearly upset Iger. When I approached Iger to shake his hand after my presentation, he rejected my offer and instead launched what some in media circles refer to as an “F-bomb.”
In response to our shareholder proposal, Disney tried to save face by saying it was indeed willing to sell the distribution rights of the miniseries but I have recently learned that a new, legitimate offer to buy the miniseries was rejected by the company. Previously, inquiries from our company to Iger, and Disney’s chairman about purchasing the rights of the miniseries went unanswered.
Iger has impeccable liberal credentials. He gives about 90 percent of his personal political contributions to Democrats and special interest groups; his wife, former news anchor Willow Bay, has a senior position with the Huffington Post.
Disney also has connections to Obama through PERB. Monica C. Lozano, CEO of La Opinion, a major Spanish-language newspaper in the U. S., is a member of Disney’s board of directors and the president’s economic board.
Given today’s volatile political climate and the diverse array of media sources including the Internet and cable TV, Disney/ABC’s liberal bias could backfire on the company. After all, a reputation for credibility and trustworthiness is a news organizations only asset.
Moreover, if conservatives, frustrated over Obama’s assault on liberty and his coziness with ABC rally against the company, they could pressure its sponsors not to advertise on the network.
Plus, why would conservatives want to attend Disney theme parks and movies if their hard earned money is going to be used to support policies and politicians that are opposed to their values?
Why would conservatives support Disney when it promotes government run health care and Michael Moore’s biased view of the 9/11 terrorist attacks while silencing “The Path to 9/11?”
Choosing politics over profits is a dangerous game. If the president is using corporatism to advance his policies, public backlash against Disney and other corporate members of Team Obama may find themselves feeling the heat of an increasingly frustrated and disenfranchised public.
The mid-term elections are still more than a year away but Americans may choose to vote with their wallets by punishing companies that threaten their principles.
Tom Borelli, Ph.D., is director of the Free Enterprise Project at the National Center for Public Policy Research.”
I believe this country is great because our ancestors were not afraid to stand up and fight for what they considered right. We are the land of the free because we are the home of the brave as demonstrated by America’s next great generation who is out on the front line of freedom.
I cannot stand liberalism and feel it is a disease that eats away, like a cancer, at the fabric of our society. I also believe that if this country does not stop pandering to special interest groups and does not stop taking away the rights guaranteed under our Constitution, and if they do not stop creating a welfare class of dependent people, there will be another civil war. It will start as an uprising to take the government over from the politicians who have lost all touch with the core values of this country. Then anarchy will set in followed by civil war.
So it is up to us to eradicate liberalism so we can prevent the next civil war.
(big dog author)
I AGREE WITH THIS COMMENT %100.
excellent post up at Stop the ACLU in which he discusses Obama’s statements that it is OK for Iran to have nuclear energy in order to power its country. This is the same Bozo who opposes nuclear power to provide energy in this country. B. Hussein Obama would rather waste money pursuing unproven green technology than use nuclear energy here. With the Iranians, who will develop nuclear weapons in their “peaceful” program, it is OK.
In Prague last month, Obama said that he saw no reason why his administration wouldn’t “support Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear energy with rigorous inspections.” And today in London, Obama reiterated that support by agreeing that Iran’s announced intentions for nuclear power were “legitimate aspirations.”
This is an excellent point. Why is it OK for other countries to have nuclear power plants but not OK for us? Why is Obama keeping his own country from having nuclear energy?
Another interesting story at Stop the ACLU deals with Obama’s Muslim roots. The post points out that it was taboo to mention Islam and Obama together and the use of his middle name was forbidden with supporters calling those who did racists in the Pavlovian response to which we have become accustomed.
Now it would appear that Obama is comfortable with his Muslim roots and embraces them. I guess he was not too comfortable with them when he thought they could lose him an election but now that he is in, it is all good.
That just means he was not honest with people (though many of us had the sense to see that).
So King Hussein of the US is now comfy with his Muslim roots. Maybe that is why he is comfortable with Muslim countries having nuclear reactors. They would not hurt a Muslim brother, would they?