The Slaughter Rule or Deem and Pass has died in the House. The controversial rule would have allowed the House Democrats to pass the rule rather than actually vote on the Senate version of ObamaCare. As if we are too dumb to figure out that passing the rule means passing ObamaCare. Now the plan for Sunday is three big votes: the first to bring the “fix-it” bill to the House floor. The second on the bill. Then the final vote would be on the Senate bill itself.
I question whether this is the actually order of the votes because earlier this morning chaos erupted at the Rules Committee because a bill has to be passed into law before it can be amended. Otherwise, the bill would be changed and have to go back to the Senate and be voted on again. The reconciliation proposals would be moot. So there is no way that the Democrats can lawfully pass the amendments before passing the Senate Bill and getting the President’s signature. This would be another lawsuit waiting to happen just as the Slaughter Rule would have been. That is more than likely why the Democrats dropped it because they knew it would not hold up in court.
Especially a Supreme Court that the President publically called out and the Democrats jeered at the State of the Union Address.