I have not written a post that I consider as important as this. Please, take fifteen minutes out of your day and study this one closely. More significant than the prevailing of one ideology over another, more important than the issue of health care reform is the sanctity and stability of our constitutional republic. The House of Representatives is about to circumvent the constitutional checks and balances that ensure your freedom in all matters. They’re going to pass a bill into law without voting on it.
Here, for the sake of both information and nostalgia, is how the system is supposed to work:
Here is the procedure strictly prescribed by Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution of the United States for passing a bill in the House of Representatives:
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.
Representative Slaughter (D-NY) and House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) have devised a scheme to circumvent the constitution, however.
From Washington Examiner: Would House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow House Democratic leaders try to cram the Senate version of Obamacare through the House without actually having a recorded vote on the bill?
Not only is the answer yes, they would, they have figured out a way to do it, according to National Journal’s Congress Daily:
“House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter is prepping to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill, the chairwoman said Tuesday.
“Slaughter is weighing preparing a rule that would consider the Senate bill passed once the House approves a corrections bill that would make changes to the Senate version.
“Slaughter has not taken the plan to Speaker Pelosi as Democrats await CBO scores on the corrections bill. ‘Once the CBO gives us the score, we’ll spring right on it,’ she said.”
Each bill that comes before the House for a vote on final passage must be given a rule that determines things like whether the minority would be able to offer amendments to it from the floor.
In the Slaughter Solution, the rule would declare that the House “deems” the Senate version of Obamacare to have been passed by the House. House members would still have to vote on whether to accept the rule, but they would then be able to say they only voted for a rule, not for the bill itself.
Doug Ross goes on to quote constitutional law attorney Mark Levin regarding the “Slaughter Rule”:
This clause goes to the heart of how our representative body, that is Congress, makes laws. And so I want you to [observe] how particular the Framers were… They have to pass a Bill to present it to the President…
This is one of the most exacting clauses in the Constitution.
And, to the best of my knowledge, which extends over three decades, no Congress has previously tried to institute policies without actual statutes.
Here we have the President of the United States and Congressional leaders actually talking about the possibility of a brazen and open violation of one of the most fundamental aspects of our Constitution and Republic! How we actually make laws!
Let me be as clear as I know how. If this is done, this will create the greatest Constitutional crisis since the Civil War. It would be 100 times worse than Watergate.
…It would be government by fiat… meaning there would be no law… the mere discussion by officials in this government is such a grotesque violation of the actual legislative function of Congress [that it] puts us… at the brink. At the brink.
How many times have we wagged our national finger at would-be despots of other nations who suspend or circumvent their constitutions? Even for those who believe that the Senate health care bill should be passed as-is, it should be clear that this is a grab for power by the Democrat leadership. Further, once this power is attained there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle and our constitution will be weakened, the precedent set.
Michelle Malkin has contact information for Reps. Slaughter and Pelosi. Please contact each of their offices and politely remind them that their oath was to uphold the constitution, not circumvent it.
Contact Louise Slaughter:
Washington D.C. Office
2469 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3615
Fax: (202) 225-7822
Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Once you’ve contacted Slaughter and Pelosi, please contact your own U.S. Representative and politely ask them not to support the “Slaughter Rule”.