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SENATE REJECTS “RECONCILIATION” BILLS MOST OF THE TIME
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 22, 2010) —Yesterday Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi declared, “We will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare and now, tonight, health care for all Americans.”
However, the debate is not over after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last night, 219-212, which requires every American to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The Senate can send it back to the House for another vote as it has done in the past with reconciliation bills.
Because the House passed the Senate version of the bill, additional provisions called “fixes” were added. According to a report by MSNBC, “Passing of those subsequent fixes was a critical component to passage of the Senate bill for House Democrats.”
In his remarks after the House vote, Obama said, “On Tuesday, the Senate will take up revisions to this legislation that the House has embraced, and these are revisions that have strengthened this law and removed provisions that had no place in it. Some have predicted another siege of parliamentary maneuvering in order to delay adoption of these improvements.” However, within the last 90 minutes, MSNBC has now reported that Obama will sign the bill without the fixes being addressed.
A number of legal challenges to the bill are already planned. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli released a statement early this morning which began, “The Office of the Attorney General of Virginia will move forward with our lawsuit against the federal government and its unconstitutional overreach of its authority with the passage of the federal health care bill. We will file our complaint with the court as soon as the president signs it into law.”
Florida’s Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a statement this morning which reads: “The health care reform legislation passed by the U. S. House of Representatives last night clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and infringes on each state’s sovereignty.” According to the same report, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Dakota, and South Dakota will join his lawsuit.
A Fox News report of March 18, 2010, found that 55% of Americans oppose the health care bill.