It’s Not Too Late To Kill The Bill!

I will be doing a series of small posts today, leading up to the vote on the health care bill in the House of Representatives.

The House will be debating the resolution which includes the Senate version of the bill. If the House passes the bill, as it is introduced today, the measure will go to the President for his signature.

The House Rules committee released a list of proposed amendments to the bill, but those amendments will only apply if they are passed by both the House and the Senate, as the final bill will already be ready for the President’s signature.

A vote today in the House is a vote for the Senate version, plain and simple. Here’s a video to get you started today.

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Wheeling And Dealing In Washington

While Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi wheeled and dealed for health care votes today, we spent the afternoon at the 6th annual Rednation Pow-Wow.

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We spent our afternoon with friends and fellow camera club members, while Nancy Pelosi kept spinning her web in Washington, D.C. How confident are you with this health care bill? Remember now, Nancy Pelosi has been wheeling and dealing, offering political bribes for votes. She’ll do anything she can to get this bill passed. I wouldn’t be surprised if she has sold the souls of her grandchildren to the devil to ensure the bill’s passage.

For the past week we’ve heard, and I’ve wirtten about, the “deem and pass” proposal. This was also known as the Slaughter “rule” or the Slaughter solution. The proposed rule is unconstitutional by any interpretation of the law and today House leadership announced they will be abandoning the “deem and pass” rule.

The House appears set now to move toward an up-or-down vote on the Senate healthcare bill, as well as a separate, up-or-down vote on the series of changes to that bill. There will still be a vote on the rule, as there always is for a piece of legislation, though it will not package the two bills together.

So why did they abandon their “plan A”? Did people make enough noise that they finally heard the voice of the American people? Or do they have some other nefarious plan up their sleeves?

An estimated 30,000 – 50,000 people showed up in Washington today to voice their concerns about the bill. I wish I could have been there.

The House Committee on Rules released the summary of amendments for H.R. 4872 – the Reconciliation Act of 2010, which will modify the bill (if the Senate approves these amendments as well) once it is passed. The following is a list of those proposed amendments.

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A Vote For This Bill Is Nuts!

I’ve got a lot planned this weekend, in addition to keeping an eye on the health care “debate” in Congress.

Today, House Republican Leader, John Boehner (R-OH) sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nanny State Nancy Pelosi, which stated,

March 19, 2010

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Office of the Speaker
H232 Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

It appears the House of Representatives will proceed with plans to vote this weekend on President Obama’s health care legislation, despite the well-documented objections of the American people to both the contents of the bill and the manner in which the Democratic leadership hopes to pass it.

This weekend’s votes will be among the most consequential votes we will ever cast as Members of Congress. As such, it is my belief that every Member should stand before the American people and announce his or her vote as the final decision is made.

With this in mind, I request that you use your discretion under the Rules of the House of Representatives, Clause 2 and 3 of House Rule XX, to conduct the record vote by call of the roll for both adoption of the Senate health care bill (i.e. the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3590, as passed on Christmas Eve this past year) and for the rule making that bill in order.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

John Boehner

How much do you want to bet she will not force members to a roll call vote, which would require them to verbally voice their support or opposition to the bill. None of those who support the measure want their opponents to have that sound bite on file come November.

Democrats are touting the CBO report on the bill, but today, the same CBO revealed some further information.

The Congressional Budget Office said Friday that rolling back a programmed cut in Medicare fees to doctors would cost $208 billion over 10 years. If added back to the health care overhaul bill, it would wipe out all the deficit reduction, leaving the legislation $59 billion in the red.

Does anyone really think this health care bill, let alone any government entitlement program ever saves money?

Vice-President and Gaffer-In-Chief, Joe Biden, sat down with ABC News for an interview, where he said,

You know we’re going to control the insurance companies.

Isn’t that what the entire health-care bill is about? Control? Control of the insurance companies, control of the hospitals, control of the doctors, control of your medical decisions. Control, control, control. It’s all about control. READ THE BILL!

Yesterday, I wrote for the third time that the Slaughter “rule” or solution as it is now being called, is unconstitutional. I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Many Democrats could claim they opposed the Senate bill while allowing it to pass. This would be an unprecedented violation of our democratic norms and procedures, established since the inception of the republic. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution stipulates that for any bill to become a law, it must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate. That is, not be “deemed” to have passed, but actually be voted on with the support of the required majority. The bill must contain the exact same language in both chambers – and in the version signed by the president – to be a legitimate law. This is why the House and Senate have a conference committee to iron out differences of competing versions. This is Civics 101.

Civics 101, a lesson ignored by more than 200 House Democrats.

Companies will go bankrupt if this health-care bill passes. Companies know it. We know it. The United States of America will go bankrupt if this bill passes. You know it. To think otherwise, is just nuts.

Do your part and Call Congress Now, before it’s too late!

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A Vote For An Unconstitutional Rule

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

H. RES. __
RESOLUTION
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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Two Days Before Christmas

Here we are just two days before Christmas and the U.S. Senate is still debating health care reform with the final vote for passage coming around 8:00 am tomorrow morning. Harry Reid keeps saying that the reason they are debating the bill in the middle of the night and right up to Christmas day, is because of the Republicans. He forgets that we all know he, as Majority Leader, sets the Senate schedule, and he alone decides when legislation hits the floor. In other words, this is his way of punishing everyone because he thinks the Republicans are pooping in his Post Toasties. Grow up Harry.

Just thinking about the health care bill makes me angry, which is exactly why Scary Harry made sure that debate on the bill ran right up to the Christmas holiday. Too many people are traveling to visit family. They’re trying to enjoy the season, and they don’t want to listen to all this negativity or even think about the horror that will come if this bill actually makes it through the entire process.

On a more optimistic note, Rich Lowry writes about five reasons the health care bill might not pass. Personally I think there are a few more reasons than the ones he chose to focus on. His five include public revulsion (which hasn’t stopped Scary Harry, Nanny State Nancy, or The Failed One® yet), the abortion funding issue, and more.

Some other reasons the bill might not make it include the fact that Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Rules Committee has gone on the record to state that Congress should scrap the bill and start over. It turns out Democrats aren’t supporting the bill either. As their base erodes, so will any effort to pass the horrific legislation. It’s already a given that most Democrats up for re-election in 2010 (in the House and the Senate) face an uphill battle because of their support for the bill.

To make matters worse for every Democrat in the House (as the entire House is up for reelection in 2010) is the fact that The Failed One® is now thinking about postponing health care talks until February. This will keep health care reform on everyone’s mind well into the months leading up to the election. Those opposed to this bill and running for office couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present from President Obama.

That’s it from me tonight. I have a few things I need to get done around here, and I need to get up early tomorrow for the senate vote (although I am pretty sure we all know the outcome of the vote).

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220 Reasons For Change In 2010

I waited to write this post tonight while I watched the debate over HR 3962 play out all evening on CSPAN. I was hoping for a small miracle, as I was hoping to post about the defeat of the bill while it sat on Nancy Pelosi’s table. The House passed the bill by a vote of 220 – 215. They only needed 218 votes to pass the bill.

In the end this evening, 220 people voted to in favor of taking away your rights as an American citizen.

The debate started early in the day and did not conclude until well into the evening. In typical Nancy Pelosi fashion, the debate on the House floor soon took a turn for the worst when the majority failed to observe House rules in a fair manner.

Democrat after Democrat was allowed to parade down to the microphone and ask for unanimous consent to enter their comments into the record. When Republicans questioned whether or not these unanimous consent requests were counting against debate time, they were told they were out of order. When they raised parliamentary inquiries about the procedure for objecting to the unanimous consent requests, they were told that regular order would continue and they should just shut up.

It’s quite clear how things are run in the House under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership. This first video is almost 8 minutes long and shows how things got heated up to begin the day.

 
This second video shows how efficiently Nanny State Nancy is at shutting down the minority.

 
As the evening progressed we heard some excellent floor speeches, from MIke Pence (R-IN),

 
and Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI).

 
The final vote in support of the bill included on Republican, Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA) who claimed that he voted for passage of the bill to support “life”. Thanks for killing any chance of a happy life there Anh. We appreciate it, and we’ll show you how much in 2010.

Make sure you check the final roll call of the vote to see how your Representative voted and remember their vote when you walk in to cast you ballet next year.

The unemployment rate (of those still able to collect unemployment benefits) hit 10.2%. More Americans are out of work now than ever before in our nation’s history, and the Democrats in the House of Representatives chose to pass HR 3962 which gives the government control of 1/6th of our economy, reduces even more jobs, violates your right as an American citizen and adds trillions to our federal deficit.

The CBO estimate released last night finally sheds light on the smoke and mirrors game the majority has been playing with the cost of their health care reform proposal. Over the first 10 years, this legislation builds in gross new spending of $1.7 trillion – and most of the new spending doesn’t even start until 2014. Once that spending is fully phased in, the House Democratic bill rings up at more than $3 trillion over ten years.

I guess it could be worse. The President of the United States could be making snide comments about people who attend tea parties.

Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit “Democratic voters” and it will encourage the extremists.

If you don’t find anything wrong with that statement, make sure you look up the definition of teabag and you’ll develop a whole new respect for our Commander-in-Chief. Oh! Speaking of our Commander-in-Chief…

After speaking to House Democrats, insulting a great number of Americans, and forcing his hand in the health care debate, President Obama and his wife flew off for a relaxing weekend at Camp David. In the meantime, our former President, and his lovely wife spent several hours at Fort Hood visiting with families and showing their support.

Word has it that Barack Obama might get around to visiting Fort Hood, and showing his support of the families there, on Tuesday. Maybe. The teleprompter might change its mind though.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.
Barry Goldwater