The Washington Post explains there are to be three votes total - one to approve the voting rules of which Alcee Hastings(D-FL) said "There ain't no rules here, we're trying to accomplish something ... All this talk about rules ... When the deal goes down ... we make 'em up as we go along...", You Tube
"second, on a package of amendments to the Senate bill that have been demanded by House members; and third, on the Senate bill itself."
Van Hollen and Pelosi believe this will make clear to all that the "House intends to modify the Senate bill and not approve the Senate bill itself."
However, there is still the pesky problem of the Constitution, says WSJ Michael McConnell. Article 1, Sec. 7 says amendments can only amend laws that has been signed by the president. And that bill must contain exactly the same language as passed in both houses of Congress. In this case, the Health Care bill will not be law until after the amendments have been passed and signed, but at the time of the amendments passage, the language of the bill will still be different in the two houses. The Constitution isn't precise on most subjects, but how a bill becomes law it is very specific and clear. Ultimately, common sense dictates Congress cannot amend a law that does not exist. The amended bill must return to the Senate for approval before it can be sent to the Executive for signing into law.
Yesterday, House Minority Leader Boehner sent a request to Pelosi for the final vote be by "roll call vote" in which each member's name is called and they must answer yes or no and is recorded in the House Journal for all the world to see. No word yet as to any response from Pelosi. No doubt she will deny the request as too troublesome and intrusive on the Democrat process.
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