Many Republican politicians and their followers have raised a major stink about a controversial House procedure that had been considered to pass the Senate’s health care bill.
In essence, the “Deem and Pass” procedure, also known as the “Self-Executing Rule,” first used to raise the national debt ceiling in 1933, allows the House of Representatives to vote on a resolution of amendments to a Senate bill that simultaneously passes both the bill and the fixes to it.
That way, no representative has to vote yea or nay for the bill itself.
So if you’re one of those Republicans who were appalled by the notion of such a strategy being used, I offer this challenge: write your Republican representatives, and tell them that you will absolutely vote them out of office unless they introduce a measure to ban the “Deem and Pass” procedure.
That’s even though Republicans themselves used the same procedure 36 times in 2005 and 2006 to pass other legislation.
And if you’re a Democrat who was similarly outraged by the idea, I extend the same challenge to you. Even though your party used it 49 times in 2007 and 2008.
If you aren’t willing to take this level of a stand against legal maneuvering that you claim is so detestable, then stop your whining about it.
Otherwise, you’re just playing politics.
And double standards.