UPDATE: Senate Parliamentarian Kills Possiblity of Slaughter Surprise?
From Roll Call:
The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that President Barack Obama must sign Congress’ original health care reform bill before the Senate can act on a companion reconciliation package, senior GOP sources said Thursday.
The Senate Parliamentarian’s Office was responding to questions posed by the Republican leadership. The answers were provided verbally, sources said.
This would appear to end the fraud suggested by House Democrats detailed below. But rest assured, if they can't use that tactic they'll think of something equally underhanded.
As if the secret backroom deals weren't bad enough. As if the near total shutout of Republicans wasn't bad enough. As if the bribes and special favors for Obama supporters wasn't bad enough. Now, House Democrats are preparing to put forward a rule which pretends they already voted to approve the Senate version of health care so they can then proceed with another highly partisan vote on reconciling the health bill.
The rule is called the "Slaughter Solution" named after Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the Democratic chair of the powerful House Rules Committee and a key ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Readers will recall that Slaughter's big contribution to the health care summit at Blair House was the story that one of her constituents had to wear her dead sister's dentures.
Now, with this rule, Slaughter appears ready to chomp down once again on what little common sense and civility remain in the House of Representatives.
Voters who are already fed up to the eyeballs with the shenanigans Democrats undertook to advance a bill that a clear majority of the American people DO NOT WANT must act NOW to let the few wavering House Democrats know that the price for supporting this idiocy will be defeat in November.
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