From the Washington Post:
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!