Slaughter-House ’10: House Dems prepare to turn Democracy on its head to ram through bill that will end their careers…
Update via Drudge by way of RollCall, Senate Parliamentarian says no go on reconciliation of a bill that has not been signed by POTUS:
…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.
…. House Democratic leaders last week began looking at crafting a legislative rule that would allow the House to approve the Senate health care bill, but not forward it to Obama for his signature until the Senate clears the reconciliation package.
Video update: House GOP on the earmark moratorium
Video update: Jon Kyl R-AZ on the Senate GOP united stance against reconciliation for non budget-germane health care bill matters
Follow-up to yesterday, House and Senate GOP are pushing back as Pelosi leads her merry band of masochists off a cliff….meanwhile the House GOP Conference has passed its unilateral moratorium on ALL EARMARKS…finally staking out the Higher Ground on spending! Happy dance!!!
The House Republican Conference has just adopted a unilateral moratorium on all earmarks, effective immediately.
Rep. David Dreier (R., Calif.), ranking Republican on the House Rules Committee, said the Slaughter Rule is evidence that Democrats cannot pass their bill “while playing by the rules.”
“With the Slaughter Solution, House Democrats have exposed themselves as willing to abandon the most fundamental element of legislating – a transparent, up-or-down vote— in order to achieve a unpopular partisan objective. This is highly disturbing and in some ways, dangerous. The American people do not want this health care bill and they certainly don’t want the democratic process turned on its head in an effort to pass it over their objections.”
Here’s part of the statement Republicans on the House Rules Committee released on the matter:
Not only would this be an astoundingly byzantine and cynical attempt to advance a bill that no one, including House Democrats, wants or likes, it could very well backfire.
The Slaughter Solution depends upon the Senate’s acting to pass a package of fixes to a bill that can’t garner sufficient support in the House. But the likelihood a clean “fix-it” bill passing the Senate is slim. There will be challenges to some proposed fixes, and therefore changes to the package. There are also questions as to whether or not a bill can be “fixed” under the Budget Act before it is signed into law by the President. And then there is the question of abortion. If an abortion change cannot be made through reconciliation, would the Slaughter Solution be further expanded to implement an abortion fix, too? How would that fix make its way through the Senate?
With serious unanswered questions like these, why would any wavering Democrat take the bait and support the Slaughter Solution? There is a high probability that House Democrats ultimately will be forced into taking the tough votes they tried so hard to avoid, after putting themselves on record as supporting an end-run around a real, transparent vote. In the end, rank-and-file Democrats would be making themselves all the more vulnerable for having supported their Leadership’s egregious tactics…