Scary Harry Reid snuck a couple provisions into the managers amendment to the health care reform bill last night. In the following video, which runs almost 11 minutes, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) outlines those provisions, which just happen to contain changes to Senate rules within the amendment.
Section 3403 of Harry Reid’s amendment to the health care reform bill states,
“it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”
as well as,
“Notwithstanding rule XV of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a committee amendment described in subparagraph (A) may include matter not within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Finance if that matter is relevant to a proposal contained in the bill submitted under subsection (c)(3).”
The first statement requires a change to the Senate rules, and the second statement sets up a new rule to ignore another Senate rule.
Any bill that changes the rules of the Senate must pass with a 2/3 majority or 67 votes. The presiding officer of the Senate claimed those statements consist of “procedural changes” not rule changes, therefore attempting to circumvent the U.S. Constitution, the law, and the Senate’s own rules.
So let’s review. Harry Reid and the Cash 4 Cloture Democrats passed a bill in the middle of the night that increases your taxes, increases your insurance premiums, violates your rights as an American citizen, and violates the Constitution, the law, and the rules of the Senate.
As a native of the state of Nevada, I am quite familiar with Harry Reid. I remember when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1974. I used to knock over his campaign signs as I walked to school in the mornings. I couldn’t stand him then, and I can’t stand him now. There has never been another person in Nevada politics that has irritated me more than he has.
Harry Reid has made a mockery of our system of government. He has walked all over the U.S. Constitution, our existing laws, and he has tarnished the reputation of the United States Senate. From ignoring the law where legislation is concerned to bribing fellow members of the Senate to vote on this legislation, he is as corrupt as they come.
The following is a list of the Democrat Senators who accepted bribes from Scary Harry to vote for the health care reform bill.
Harry Reid has taken his expertise of making deals over coffee at the little diner in Searchlight, Nevada all the way to the back rooms of the United States Senate to make deals on a bill that 3/5 of the American people do not support. Way to go Harry. I can hardly wait to see you get kicked out on your ass in the upcoming election.
Call your Senator today and demand they vote against this health care bill, because it violates your rights as an American, it violates the Constitution of the United States, it violates the law, and it violates the rules of the Senate.
Call Senator Reid today and demand that he withdraw the bill from consideration until he, himself, can follow the letter of the law. That requirement alone would postpone this bill indefinitely.