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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pass the Bill With No Vote?

Are the Democrats really going to try this?

Republicans and Democrats are locked in an unusual battle over how to vote on the health care package as House Republicans try to block Speaker Nancy Pelosi from using a legislative trick that would allow rank-and-file Democrats to vote for the health care bill without really voting for the health care bill.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democrats on the floor Tuesday for even considering the tactic, which he called "extraordinary."

House Minority Leader John Boehner called it "the ultimate in Washington power grabs."

I'm no Constitutional scholar but I'm pretty sure there's a reason why we have two chambers in the Congress. If you only needed a bill to be passed in one of the two chambers, we'd have a lot more laws passed.

In any case, I will let the constitutional scholars battle over legalities. If the Democrats want to pass this without even having a vote in the House, I wish them luck.

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