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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Vote-less Passage of Health Bill under Consideration


“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.” (Washington Post, Tuesday)

Doesn’t sleight of hand raise doubts about legitimacy?

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