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Dems Put Poison Pill in HC Bill to Stop Repeal

WASHINGTON: In an unprecedented move the Senate has add language to the healthcare bill that prohibits future changes or repeal. On page 1020 of Senate version HR3590 (full text available here) it states:

‘‘(B) LIMITATION ON CHANGES TO THE 6 BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS IN OTHER LEGISLATION.—It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report (other than pursuant to this section) that would repeal or otherwise change the recommendations of the Board if that change would fail to satisfy the requirements of sub-paragraphs (A)(i) and (C) of subsection (c)(2). ‘‘(C) LIMITATION ON CHANGES TO THIS SUBSECTION.—It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.

Senator Jim DeMint explains it a whole lot better than we can. Here is a transcript of the video below:

This is not legislation. it’s not law. this is a rule change. It’s a pretty big deal. we will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or even repeal the law.

I’m not even sure that it’s constitutional, but if it is, it most certainly is a senate rule. I don’t see why the majority party wouldn’t put this in every bill. If you like your law, you most certainly would want it to have force for future senates.

I mean, we want to bind future congresses. This goes to the fundamental purpose of senate rules: to prevent a tyrannical majority from trampling the rights of the minority or of future congresses.

What is going on here? This Senate is trying to make permanent their laws, to make it nearly impossible to ever have this radical agenda overturned. This is simply unprecedented in the history of Senate law-making.


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