Morgen on March 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has been all over the media the past couple of days defending he and Pelosi’s apparent 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.
I have just one word for Rep. Hoyer – HYPOCRITE.
The GOP’s intransigence is on full display with the self-executing rule on this legislation to allow low-income American families to benefit from the increase in the child tax credit…
I have said on this Floor before when you did not allow us to offer substitutes that you didn’t have the courage of your convictions.
I have said on this Floor before when you didn’t allow us to offer amendments that you didn’t have the courage of your convictions.
Now you not only don’t allow us to offer a substitute, you don’t allow us to offer amendments, you don’t even have the courage to PUT YOUR OWN BILL ON THE FLOOR.
The public probably doesn’t understand that. THIS IS A RULE, NOT THE BILL. We’re not debating the bill…
Why? To muzzle us, and to muzzle their folks who they don’t rely on to vote on the substance of this bill but HOPE AND PRAY they’ll get enough of their people on the procedural end of this bill to carry the day.
That’s unfortunate. Eighty-two billion dollars of deficit that Americans are going to have to pay for. My children are going to have to pay for. My grandchildren are going to have to pay for. And we don’t even have the courage to PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR, but this rule roosts…
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.