John on March 20, 2010 at 9:44 am
In 2006, Democratic leaders, including then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, signed onto a lawsuit that Ralph Nader’s group Public Citizen filed against Republicans, who were in control of Congress at the time, for using the maneuver known as “deem and pass” to finalize a deficit-reduction bill. A clerical error had been found in the House version of the bill, so Congress deemed the correct version passed without a further vote.
The other Democrats who challenged the move were Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., who is now chairman of the House Rules Committee and came up with the idea to use “deem and pass” for the health care bill.
Funny I haven’t seen this sort of context in any other news coverage.
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