House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has been all over the media the past couple of days defending the democrat’s decision to use a procedural rule to “deem” the Senate health bill passed as part of the reconciliation package, rather than holding an actual floor vote on the bill.
This “deem and pass” strategy, also known as a self-executing rule (or the “Slaughter rule”), could be critical for the House leadership to corral enough votes from reluctant Democrats.
Of course, Steny Hoyer was not always in favor of this rule.
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All this outrage over a relatively minor bill dealing with tax credits, and at only a fraction of the cost ($82B) of the $900B health reform bill which Hoyer and his fellow Democrats are now trying to ram through using every procedural trick in the book.
You want to talk about “courage” and “convictions”, Mr. Hoyer? Then put the actual Senate bill up for a vote on the House floor.