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Democrats Failed To Pass Health Reform by Begging, Borrowing, Stealing and Bribery. Now Cheating Ruled Out

Looks like a game changer, folks. The Democrat’s plan to cheat health care reform through the House is in jeopardy.

Democrats efforts to beg the American people to go along with their legislation failed.

Democrats efforts to borrow more money to pass the legislation have failed.

Democrats efforts to steal money from Medicare to pay for the expensive reform legislation failed.

Democrats efforts to bribe lawmakers into votes have failed.

And now, it looks like the Democrats efforts to cheat the bill through will also come up short.

The possibility of using the Senate procedure called Reconciliation to pass sweeping Health Care Legislation has become the last hope of Democrats, desperate to push this bill through before they are once again the minority in the House and Senate.

Reconciliation has been used in the past for a few items, but never like this. It was not designed to thwart the rules of the Senate and bypass legislative protocol. Where is was used in the past, there was bipartisan support. Enough to overcome the 60 votes required for cloture.

The Senate parliamentarian ruled on Thursday that the Senate can only take up a reconciliation bill if the original Senate bill is first signed into law.

Which means that a underhanded tactic being considered in the House where by voting on a second bill designed to “fix” the Senate bill, somehow the Senate bill would be deemed as passed.

The Parliamentarian says that the Senate bill must already be law in order for the Senate to take up reconciliation on the legislation.

And since Pelosi planned a Three Card Monte game on the Senate Health Reform Act, where the House never votes on the Senate bill, the word from the Senate is – ain’t gonna happen.

Listen to the explanation from the Horses mouth.

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): “The Senate Parliamentarian, As You Have Said, Said In Order For Them To Do A Reconciliation Based On The Senate Bill, It Must Be Signed By The President.” “The bills that have passed, ours with 220 in the House, theirs with 60 in the Senate, we’ll be acting upon the Senate bill with changes that were in the House bill reflected in the reconciliation. So in order to have the Senate bill be the basis and build upon it with the reconciliation, you have to pass the Senate bill, or else you’re talking about starting from scratch. So we will pass the Senate bill. Once we pass it, the President signs it or doesn’t, it’s – people would rather he waited until the Senate acted, but the Senate Parliamentarian, as you have said, said in order for them to do a reconciliation based on the Senate bill, it must be signed by the President.” (Rep. Pelosi, Press Conference, 3/12/10)

And this exchange on the House floor between Virginia’s Eric Cantor and Steny Hoyer (D-Md) confirms the understanding:

REP. ERIC CANTOR (R-VA): “I would ask the gentleman if it is his position that that would be the case, that this House must pass the Senate bill first, it must be signed into law before the Senate can even take up the reconciliation package? And I yield.” REP. STENY HOYER (D-MD): “I think the gentleman correctly states the Senate parliamentarian’s position. And therefore I think the gentleman is correct.” (Remarks, House Floor, 3/12/10)

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.

Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “Democrats Failed To Pass Health Reform by Begging, Borrowing, Stealing and Bribery. Now Cheating Ruled Out”

  1. Venu says:

    I think the sad thing is that the Democrats could have already signed a bill into law that had high levels of support if they weren’t hell bent on trying to change politics from the art of the possible, to the art of whatever-the-hell-we-want.

    I could just imagine Pelosi/Reid playing Deal or No Deal and being left with a huge deal despite a terrible board, and blowing it and walking away with a penny.

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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