Parliamentary procedure

From the Washington Post:

House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it

After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate’s health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.

Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health-care bill to be passed.

Well, that would be a feat of legerdemain from our congressional Houdinis.

The WSJ observes:

We’re not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely “deem” that the House has passed the Senate health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway.

Jules Crittenden comments: This calls for the soundtrack and narration from one of those stirring 1950s civics film shorts. He sets about finding some, including one from 1953 with a “good scene of Congressmen clapping like trained seals.”

Meantime, Protein Wisdom hails: Transparency! Ethics! Honesty!

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7 responses to “Parliamentary procedure

  1. They do teach civics, but they call it U.S. history. As in, civics is history.

    I’m mad at schools. I’m mad at Pelosi (if you can even be mad at someone so obviously either insane or just plain evil). I’m mad at the media. I’m mad at the lazy (“busy”) people I know who don’t care to vote, or care to know much about the people they vote for. I’m mad at our culture. I’m mad at mediocrity. I’m mad at a president who causes me to pay attention to him every day rather than the things I want to pay attention to.

    Like your illustration!

  2. Amy, it’s been said the Dem leadership seems hell-bent to spend money we don’t have on something the people don’t want. You have to wonder at their motivation.

    Steve M and Mrs P perhaps don’t wonder at the motivation; they will recognize above the cloven-hoofed emissaries of the Culture of Death. The magician-looking gentleman appears to be William Jennings Bryan, or Henry Waxman minus the nostrils.

  3. Speaking of look-alikes, instead of crying I laughed at Separated at Birth.

  4. Amy, too funny ~ I particularly liked the Barney Meister and Janet Napolitano as a Neanderthal tooth.

  5. They had some fun with Janet, and Nancy. I liked Chris Matthews as The Bumble. And Henry Waxman as Bug Out Bob. Paul Ryan really does look like Eddie Munster.

  6. Here’s Janet today, spreading the blame for Christmas pants bomber: “Air safety needs a global response.” What a photo. Is she wearing a skunk tail toupee?

  7. Perhaps she has joined the Raccoon Lodge.

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