Politics

Republicans have seen the ‘Slaughter solution’ before

Mike Riggs Contributor

Republicans made major hay Tuesday out of the “news” (it was reported by the Washington Post today after several days of reporting by The Daily Caller and other news organizations) that Democrats may use the “Slaughter solution” to pass the health care bill.

For an in depth explanation of why Democrats are doing it, click here.

The plan to “deem” the Senate bill passed when the reconciliation bill passes does make Democrats look sneaky, but at least one Republican Tuesday said the use of a “self-executing rule” was not actually lawful.

Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, said the Democrats’ plan “tramples on the Constitution.”

“I’ve understood this ever since I saw School House Rock,” Pence said, according to Politico.

But Pence voted in favor of a “self-executing rule,” the same procedure that will make the “Slaughter solution” possible, three times when Republicans controlled the House, according to a list of the votes provided by House Democrats to The Daily Caller.

In fact, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Ohio Republican, and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, voted in favor of “self-executing rules” six times and three times, respectively, since 1996.

Republicans have used the procedure at least 11 times since it was first introduced in 1933, the Democrats’ memo said.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said that the Republicans problem was not with the use of the procedure itself, but with its use for something so enormous as the health care bill.

“Nothing – nothing – approaches the sheer scale of this trillion-dollar government takeover of health care. The Democrats simply can’t hide from the American people using this procedural sleight-of-hand,” Steel said in an e-mailed statement.

Pence’s statement of a constitutional violation, however, a point first raised by former federal judge Michael McConnell in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, were in fact a complaint about the procedure itself. We are waiting for comment from Pence’s spokesman.

Republicans hit back earlier Tuesday that Democrats themselves — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat — said the use of a self-executing rule was not lawful back in October 2006, when they joined their names to a lawsuit against the use of such a procedure by Republicans to pass an amendment to the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

Below are all examples of “deeming” while Republicans had the majority  (in chronological order):

1. H. Res. 510, March 24, 1948 – Republican controlled 80th Congress
2. H. Res. 180 (deemed as passed technical corrections to another bill), June 30, 1995 (passed by voice vote) – Republican controlled 104th Congress
3. H. Res. 336 (deemed as passed a resolution continuing appropriations until the Speaker notifies the committee that the President has submitted a certified plan to balance the budget), January 5, 1996 (passed by voice vote) – Republican controlled 104th Congress
4. H. Res. 391 (a rule for the “Senior Citizens’ Right to Work Act”, included a provision to consider the conference report to accompany the “Line Item Veto Act” as adopted upon receiving a message informing it that the Senate had adopted the conference report), March 28, 1996 (passed 232-177) – Republican controlled 104 Congress (MAJOR LEGISLATION)
Ø Boehner – YEA
5. H. Res. 393 (deemed as passed technical corrections to another bill), March 28, 1996 (passed by voice vote) – Republican controlled 104th Congress
6. H. Res. 232( deemed as passed technical corrections to another bill), October 6, 1997 (passed 367-34) – Republican controlled 105th Congress
Ø Boehner – YEA
Ø Sessions – YEA
7. H. Res. 386 (deemed as passed a resolution that tabled the Interior Approps bill so it would not be presented to the President), November 18, 1999 (passed 226-204) – Republican controlled 106thCongress
Ø Boehner – YEA
Ø Sessions – YEA
8. H. Res. 71 (deemed as passed technical corrections to another Joint Resolution), February 13, 2003 (passed by voice vote) – Republican controlled 108th Congress
9. H. Res. 572 (a resolution regarding the immediate termination for the deployment of troops in Iraq was used to “deem” a technical correction to the T-HUD Appropriations Act of 2006 as passed) on November 18, 2005 (passed 210-202) – Republican controlled 109th Congress
Ø Boehner – YEA
Ø Cantor – YEA
Ø Pence – YEA
Ø McCotter – YEA
Ø McMorris Rogers – YEA
Ø Carter – YEA
Ø Sessions – YEA
10. H. Res. 653 (deemed as passed the Senate amendment to House amendments to the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 – Reconciliation), February 1, 2006 (passed 216-214) – Republican controlled 109thCongress
Ø Boehner – YEA
Ø Cantor – YEA
Ø Pence – YEA
Ø McCotter – YEA
Ø McMorris Rogers – YEA
Ø Carter – YEA
Ø Sessions – YEA
11. H. Res. 1003 (deemed as passed H. Res 1000 which provides for earmarking reform in the House), September 14, 2006 (passed 245-171) – Republican controlled 109th Congress
Ø Boehner – YEA
Ø Cantor – YEA
Ø Pence – YEA
Ø McCotter – YEA
Ø McMorris Rogers – YEA
Ø Sessions – YEA