The Hill’s Congress Blog asks, “Will the Senate pass a health care reform bill before it adjourns for the year?”
It’s not looking good – nor should it.
CBS News is reporting that Reid wants to hold a vote before Christmas because he doesn’t want senators to go home and hear from their constituents.
Reid has been systematically suppressing a complete cost estimate of his bill.
Reid’s manager’s amendment will make unknown, countless, and dramatic changes to that 2,074-page bill – and Reid wants to vote on it before anyone knows what those changes are.
Even Max Baucus admits that not a single senator understands the Reid bill.
Our federalist system, the separation of powers, our bicameral national legislature, six-year terms for Senators, staggered Senate elections, and the Senate’s procedural rules all exist precisely to prevent what Reid is trying to do: ram a sweeping piece of legislation through Congress without due consideration.