I’ve mentioned before that Louise Slaughter was once my representative in Congress. She got the job without my vote, I can assure you. Now you see why:
But Mrs. Pelosi & Co. fear they lack the votes in the House to pass an identical Senate bill, even with the promise of these reconciliation fixes. House Members hate the thought of going on record voting for the Cornhusker kickback and other special-interest bribes that were added to get this mess through the Senate, as well as the new tax on high-cost insurance plans that Big Labor hates.
So at the Speaker’s command, New York Democrat Louise Slaughter, who chairs the House Rules Committee, may insert what’s known as a “self-executing rule,” also known as a “hereby rule.” Under this amazing procedural ruse, the House would then vote only once on the reconciliation corrections, but not on the underlying Senate bill. If those reconciliation corrections pass, the self-executing rule would say that the Senate bill is presumptively approved by the House—even without a formal up-or-down vote on the actual words of the Senate bill.
Whether the Democrats are smart enough to see this at this point or not, a move like this will be setting up a complete electoral slaughter for that party in November. This is going to be rightfully seen as cheating the system of government we live under. I think it may also set up a very likely scenario where the Supreme Court can nullify the entire bill since it never passed the House at all.
Louise was never all that bright, this may be her dimmest move yet.