If you agree with the tactics being used by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama to pass health care legislation then stop reading and go hang yourself. What we are seeing right now in Washington, D.C. is the tyranny of the majority tearing up the clear language of the Constitution. The Democrats have used every unconstitutional trick in the book to pass this bill that the majority of American citizens do not want. Let me outline the tactics used by the left in the passage of this bill.
First, three different health care reform bill were written by three different committees in the House of Representatives. While there were republicans on every committee, from what I understand, they were given no chance to have input on the crafting of these bills. Many video can be found of Republican law makers, some of the former doctors, berating the bills being written and how it will not do what it is intended to do.
Next, after the bills have been written, Speaker Pelosi, takes these three bills and splices them together in a 1,900 page monstrosity of legislation. She only allows the passage of one amendment, from a Democrat, to be voted upon before the house. She keeps the Representatives in session all day on Saturday to have the vote and she still barely gets it passed. I believe the final vote was 220-215. She needed 218. And this is with a overwhelming majority of seats in the House belonging to Democrat party members.
Harry Reid though will not be outdone by his House counterpart. There are two bills that come out of the Senate and are stitched together to form the final bill to come out of the Senate. The Republicans do a good job of holding the line on filibustering the final vote. A filibuster is a legislative tactic to delay the final vote on any piece of legislation. It is a within the rules of the Senate for the senators to do such a tactic. While the filibuster is going on, Reid entices Sen. Landrieu of Louisiana to vote for the bill with a $300 million bribe of money for her state, written in the bill. Also he give Sen. Nelson of Nebraska a bribe of money in the bill so his state does not need to pay for Medicare for the next ten years. Both of these are clear violations of the U.S. Constitution. They violate the following clause:
No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another. (Art.I, Sec. 9)
Also Reid and his cronies threaten not only Sen. Lieberman but his wife. They try to get her kicked off as chairman of a charitable board she serves on. Shame on you Reid! Shame!
Finally, the filibuster is broken, but Reid still holds the U.S. Senate in continuous session until Christmas Eve day in order to vote. The House has already adjourned for the Christmas holiday, which also seems to be a clear violation of the Constitution as well under this clause:
Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.
I’d be interested to see the record of the vote that the House allowed the Senate to stay in session long after they had been adjourned. I doubt it exist or if a that vote even happened
We come back from Christmas and find out that the typical path of a bill will now be different. Typically when a bill is passed by both houses they must meet together to finalize the language of the bill since both houses have to pass the exact same legislation. This process would have had to include Republicans and Democrats from both houses. After the conference meeting both houses would have vote on the bill again. Also it would probably be covered on CSPAN.. We learn though that this will not be the process. So now they are ignoring the rules that they made for the legislative process. Reid, Pelosi and Obama sit down and hash out the final details.
Next comes the twist in the story, Scott Brown is elected senator to the state of Massachusetts, taking the place of the former senator, Ted Kennedy. The Democrats in the Senate no longer have a filibuster proof majority. Its time to scramble for any way to avoid voting on the bill again in the Senate. Enter reconciliation.
Reconciliation is a legislative process in the Senate to change an already existing law to bring it in line with revenue, spending, or debt-limit on a budget resolution. The key to the plan is that the law already needs to be passed for this option work. This is where it gets interesting and more and more corrupt. It has been used on many pieces of legislation in the past by both parties, but never on something this big or game changing in the U.S. government.
Here is where the entire process is starting to get tricky, corrupts and downright unconstitutional. The House has yet to pass the Senate version of the bill. The Senate has not even attempted to pass the House version of the bill. We have two bills on the same topic that have only passed in one house. The Constitution clearly 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 (Art. I, Sec. 7)
That has not happened yet. The meetings between the White House and Congressional Leadership (Pelosi and Reid) decided their best bet is the try and pass the Senate bill in the House, even though it is hugely unpopular in the House and the Senate, because of the bribes found in its language. Then use Reconciliation to get rid of all the unpopular things in the bill (i.e. the Corn Husker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase of 2009). The Reconciliation bill in the House has already been written and the chair has said this is not the final version. The problem is that we have not even had a vote on the Senate bill in the House. Enter the Slaughter Solution.
The Slaughter Solution or Rule is a legislative process could be part of the rules for debate and voting on the Senate Health Care Reform Bill. It will work something like this. The Rule committee in the House would create a rule that states, if the House approves of the changes to the Senate bill by the Reconciliation bill then the Senate bill will be deemed passed. The House only need to pass the rule to pass the legislation. Make sense? I know I am confused too. To simplify, the House would only vote to approve the rule, and then they would not need to vote on the Senate bill. This is where they violate the Constitution the most. Again from Article I, Section 7:
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…
The slaughter rule is a clear violation of this part of the Constitution. It allows a bill to pass to the President for final approval without a vote to pass the bill in the House.
The hypocrisy of both sides disgust me right now. Republicans have used this rule before to pass legislation, which is why they are not speaking up. The Democrats criticized this use of power by the Republicans just a few years ago. Everyone is guilty, no one is innocent.
I encourage everyone to stop the tyranny of Congress and the President to pass a this legislation that the process alone has clearly violated the Constitution. Now is the time to stop and go back to square one to start over. Take some time and look at the rules you created and reform them to be more open like you promised us 12+ months ago. Get rid of the backroom deals and the legislative tricks used to pass laws. Write the rules encourage dialogue and debate on every piece of legislation. Its time for change, but all I see is more of the same: corruption.
Men and women, please call your representatives in congress. Let them know you stand behind them to stop this corruption. Tell them that you will not stand for these legislative tricks. Call them now!