This would not even be under discussion if the votes were there for the Health-Care. The votes are not there! Health-care should be dead. Ou representatives are actually attempting to pass the bill anyway.
Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution that “Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and Senate, shall, before it becomes a Law, be presented to the President of the United States.”
This indicates to me that the proposed legislation should pass through both houses in the same form before going to the President.
The Slaughter rule slaughters that.
First of all, the bill is not passed, but only deemed passed.
Secondly, there is an issue of sequence. The Senate bill being passed by the House would only be deemed passed if it is altered in reconciliation. If until that time it has not been deemed passed by the house, how, then, can it be presented to the president for signing.
Third, Slaughter has claimed that this procedure has been in use since the 30's. Perhaps. But, an unconstitutional maneuver, however old or frequently used, is still unconstitutional.
It seems this is a maneuver that has been tolerated being used on inconsequential bills for decades. It goes to show that no unconstitutional action by our federal gov. should ever be tolerated.
Do the words of our constitution mean nothing?
Perhaps our representatives need some non government run schooling. So I propose we send them a cartoon to learn our form of governance from. School House Rock...
From NRO the corner:
We should not forget that once this thing hits the president's desk and gets signed it becomes law. I believe it will stop there and no reconciliation will occur. The reconciliation aspect of this is a ruse just to get the bill on the president's desk.
Democratic leaders should be asking themselves just how they have gotten to the point that their strategy is to amend a law that doesn’t exist yet by passing a bill without voting on it. Surely it’s time to start over.
Representative Pence must have seen School House Rock