Wall Street Journal Opinion
Nancy Pelosi: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” [Vote first, read later?]
The (Louise) Slaughter House Rule is a procedural ruse to let each House vote on a different version of a bill, resulting in some arbitrary hybrid, defeating one of Madison’s core checks and balances.
We’re not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely “deem” that the House has passed the Senate health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway.