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Speaker Pelosi Now Commits to a Straight Up-Or-Down Vote to Enact the Senate Health Care Bill, Including the Cornhusker Kickback and All the Rest

The illegal “deem and pass” Slaughter Solution is now officially dead.  Tomorrow (Sunday), the House is scheduled to first vote on the Reconciliation Bill, which would not become law unless and until it is approved by the Senate.  The House would then vote on the Senate Bill which would become law immediately upon being signed by the President.

By voting on the Reconciliation Bill first, it appears that the later vote on the Senate Bill would amend the Reconciliation Bill, which is kind of bizarre.

So, now we have to wait and see whether Democratic House members are willing to unambiguously vote for the Cornhusker Kickback, the NARAL-demanded abortion language, and all the other obnoxious stuff in the Senate Bill.  Some of that stuff would probably be removed during the reconciliation process, but that’s not a sure thing.  We’ll see whether House members really want to go on record in support of it, before it is removed.

The House Democratic leadership deserves some credit for switching away from a clearly unconstitutional procedure.  But the Senate Bill has been enormously objectionable to most Democrats and Republicans, so it may not get as much support on the House floor as it would have gotten in combination with the Reconciliation Bill.  We’ll see.

The procedure that they’re now going to use may be constitutional, but it’s still an utter mess.  For example, if they first vote against the Cornhusker Kickback (by voting for the Reconciliation Bill), and then vote for the Cornhusker Kickback (by voting for the Senate Bill), the second vote would completely negate the first vote on the Cornhusker Kickback.

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