Even as congressional democrats evince doubts of their own, the president is crisscrossing the country in constant campaign mode. This week’s work is an attempt to convince an increasingly skeptical electorate that the federal government has the intellectual chops to manage one-sixth of the gross domestic product. All he’s really asking for, he says, is an an “up or down vote” in Congress,
If Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) gets her way, he won’t get it:
In the Slaughter Solution, the rule would declare that the House “deems” the Senate version of Obamacare to have been passed by the House. House members would still have to vote on whether to accept the rule, but they would then be able to say they only voted for a rule, not for the bill itself.
Steve Schippert is not happy, to put it mildly:
This is not simply tyrannical in nature, it is absolute political cowardice.
Whether any American likes or dislikes any bill – any bill – none of us are governed under a Constitution nor any Congress within a Constitution that affords for an individual in an elected body to “deem” anything. We elected you, for better or worse, to vote on legislation, whether we like the specific outcome or not. There is a process within both the letter and spirit of the Constitution.
The notion of anyone “deeming” anything “passed” without going through the actual voting process of real passage is the kind of governance seen in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq or Bashar Assad’s Syria or Castro’s Cuba.
Few things in this lifetime have inspired such furious rage as this brazen attempt to undermine the legislative process as set forth within the Constitution of the United States.
Using a procedural rule to enact the most sweeping legislation in decades rather than openly vote? It does kind of chap those who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Which, for those keeping score at home are not merely the military crowd, but also each member of Congress.
Support our president: Tell the House to vote on Obamacare!