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Madame Speaker: Call The Roll So We Can Know The Traitors!

The following concerns a letter John Boehner (R-OH) sent to Nancy Pelosi calling for a Roll Call vote so each and every member will be required to give a yea or nay vote by voice.

Don’t think the Yea votes will not feature prominently in the November elections.

Cowards the the Democrats are, Pelosi will likely refuse.

Call the roll! Call the roll!

Washington, Mar 19

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House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) requesting that the final health care votes be recorded by “call of the roll” so that every lawmaker is required to publicly announce their vote on the House floor.

This weekend’s votes will be among the most consequential votes we will ever cast as Members of Congress,” Boehner says in the letter to Speaker Pelosi. “As such, it is my belief that every Member should stand before the American people and announce his or her vote as the final decision is made.”

According to the rules of the House of Representatives, “Unless the Speaker directs otherwise, the Clerk shall conduct a record vote or quorum call by electronic device. … The Speaker may direct the Clerk to conduct a record vote or quorum call by call of the roll.  In such a case the Clerk shall call the names of Members, alphabetically by surname.”

The full text of Leader Boehner’s letter to Speaker Pelosi follows. The signed copy is available here.

March 19, 2010

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Office of the Speaker
H232 Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

It appears the House of Representatives will proceed with plans to vote this weekend on President Obama’s health care legislation, despite the well-documented objections of the American people to both the contents of the bill and the manner in which the Democratic leadership hopes to pass it.

This weekend’s votes will be among the most consequential votes we will ever cast as Members of Congress.  As such, it is my belief that every Member should stand before the American people and announce his or her vote as the final decision is made.

With this in mind, I request that you use your discretion under the Rules of the House of Representatives, Clause 2 and 3 of House Rule XX, to conduct the record vote by call of the roll for both adoption of the Senate health care bill (i.e. the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3590, as passed on Christmas Eve this past year) and for the rule making that bill in order.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

John Boehner

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.

4 Responses to “Madame Speaker: Call The Roll So We Can Know The Traitors!”

  1. Venu says:

    O the excitement it would be if it were a roll call vote! A handful of undecided votes that have you griping the edge of your seat as they call out their votes, surprising the entire body one way or the other. Ah what am I saying? That’s just a C-Span pipe dream!

  2. Why on Earth would she agree to that? No way, no how!

    • Tom White says:

      Well, the only reason I can think of is she will be accused of hiding the vote, and the debate on that one issue will last a good while. Great move by Boehner.

      What can she say? Sorry, we are trying to fool the public on how Democrats vote. Since they have already been accused of that, this would be confirmation.

      Either way, it is a big issue this fall.

      • Venu says:

        I mean, if you’re going to vote for the bill, you might as well do it on camera. It’s not like there’s not going to be a record of you doing it. At least have the courage to stand by your vote, regardless of what that vote is.

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