Dem Rep Louise Slaughter Concocting Plan to Pass Health Care Without a Vote


I wanted to go one day without blogging about health care. I’m that sick of it. One stinking day. Then I heard about the latest power grab by the Democrats.

Does Pelosi have the votes? She says she does, but if she did why hasn’t she called a vote? Could it have something to do with Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (D-NY) plan to ram the bill through without a vote?

House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter is prepping to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill, the chairwoman said Tuesday.

Slaughter is weighing preparing a rule that would consider the Senate bill passed once the House approves a corrections bill that would make changes to the Senate version.

She said she hasn’t taken the plan to Speaker Pelosi yet, but I don’t believe that.

Red State’s Leon Wolf lays out in no uncertain terms how this is a blatant violation of the Constitution. You should read the whole thing, but here’s the summary.

Apparently, some Democrats can’t seem to tell the difference between a rule of debate and just declaring by rule that the House has passed a bill that they have not, when the Constitution itself expressly states that “in all [] Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays[.]” What Slaughter and Pelosi here are attempting here is a blatant violation of the principles of bicameralism and presentment.And unlike other Unconstitutional things Congress does, there’s caselaw here suggesting pretty clearly that when Congress attempts to pass a law in the absence of proper bicameralism and presentment, a person negatively affected by Congress’s action (e.g., a person required to pay a fine for not having health insurance) has standing to challenge the law’s validity in the Courts. This farce is illegal and unconstitutional on its face, and someone has to be advising the Democrats in the House of this fact. They already know the American people don’t want this bill. They know by now that what they’re trying to do is illegal. The question now is whether they still have the shame to care about either.

By now if you don’t know the answer to that question you haven’t been paying attention.

What ever happened to the rule of law?