For all you Obamafans out there who were holding out for the health care “reform” bill to be “fixed” in conference:
There will be no conference committee.
House and Senate Democrats intend to bypass traditional procedures when they negotiate a final compromise on health care legislation, officials said Monday, a move that will exclude Republican lawmakers and reduce their ability to delay or force politically troubling votes in both houses.
The unofficial timetable calls for final passage of the measure to remake the nation’s health care system by the time President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, probably in early February.
It’s all stagecraft.
Democratic aides said the final compromise talks would essentially be a three-way negotiation involving top Democrats in the House and Senate and the White House, a structure that gives unusual latitude to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
Not that it matters…the conference committee is only for public consumption anyway.
These officials said there are no plans to appoint a formal House-Senate conference committee, the method Congress most often uses to reconcile differing bills. Under that customary format, a committee chairman is appointed to preside, and other senior lawmakers from both parties and houses participate in typically perfunctory public meetings while the meaningful negotiations occur behind closed doors.
So why not just cut to the chase?
In this case, the plan is to skip the formal meetings, reach an agreement, then have the two houses vote as quickly as possible. A 60-vote Senate majority would be required in advance of final passage.
Exactly how many campaign promises are being broken here? I count at least two, but it’s early and I haven’t had my second cup of coffee.
- Health care reform meetings conducted in front of C-SPAN cameras
- Allow at least three days for bill to be read
How’s that “transparent” government working out for you. Oh, yeah, I know, he’s opened up some records, but that’s shit that’s already happened and we or Congress wouldn’t have any say about it any way.
In the meantime, Democrats are bailing like rats deserting a sinking ship.