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House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it

Posted By admin On March 16, 2010 @ 5:27 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane
Washington Post [1]
March 16, 2010

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.”

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[5] House Democrats’ tactic for health-care bill is debated: http://www.prisonplanet.com/house-democrats-tactic-for-health-care-bill-is-debated.html

[6] Democrats Say Final Health-Care Bill Will Look Like Senate’s: http://www.prisonplanet.com/democrats-say-final-health-care-bill-will-look-like-senate%e2%80%99s.html

[7] House Democrats Drop Plans for Deem and Pass Vote, Waxman Says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/house-democrats-drop-plans-for-deem-and-pass-vote-waxman-says.html

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