A Vote For An Unconstitutional Rule

House Republicans introduced a resolution to force a vote on Louise Slaughter’s “rule”.

H. RES. __
Ensuring an up or down vote on certain health care legislation.
Resolved, That the Committee on Rules may not report a rule or order that provides for disposition of the Senate amendments to H.R. 3590, an Act entitled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, unless such rule or order provides for—
(1) at least one hour of debate, equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader, or their designees; and
(2) a requirement that the Speaker put the question on disposition of the Senate amendments and that the yeas and nays be considered as ordered thereon.

The vote on that resolution was held today. The resolution failed by a vote of 222-203.

That’s right. Two-Hundred and Twenty-Two Democrats feel that Article I, Section VII, Clause II of the U.S. Constitution is null and void. I know I keep re-hashing this same “argument” but the Constitution states,

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively…

The item is not up for debate. The U.S. Constitution states that every bill that passes the House and the Senate must pass with Yeas and Nays being called. The Slaughter “rule” will deem the Senate version passed in the House, which is unconstitutional. Period.

The fact that 222 House Democrats don’t respect, let alone even know, what is written in our Constitution does not surprise me. The next couple days are going to be quite interesting, but when it comes to the Slaughter “rule”, there is nothing more to discuss.

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