I guess this is what they consider an “up or down vote” (via Michelle Malkin, who has the vote count)
Democrats shot down a Republican effort to force an up-or-down vote on the Senate healthcare bill on Thursday afternoon.
In a 222-203 vote, Democrats beat back a GOP resolution offered by Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) that would have forced lawmakers to vote on the Senate healthcare bill separately from the series of fixes they hope to make to that legislation.
All Republican lawmakers who voted opposed the measure, which had the effect of ending the GOP’s effort to force a vote. They were joined by 28 Democrats, who broke with party members on the vote.
Remember a time not too long ago when Democrats shrieked daily about Bush and the GOP shredding the Constitution? Yet, here the Dems are on record actually and in reality doing just that.
Ace: “I am getting really worried, because if 222 Democrats voted for this unconstitutional, very-unpopular maneuver, doesn’t that mean that all 222 will also vote for the bill itself? Why vote for this if you’re not going to vote for that?”
Cassy Fiano: Constitution butchers win; Slaughter solution passes
Q&O: If they pass it through “deem and pass”, we’ll essentially have become a Banana Republic. (they did)
The American Pundit: House Democrats have officially abandoned the Constitution and facade of legislative process
The Sundries Shack: Today is a big day, folks. It is, as I tweeted not long ago, the day one of our political parties selected totalitarianism over our Constitution. It is also the day when the message “shut up and take what we give you” became the official motto of the Democratic Party.
John Boehner: “Today, House Democrats voted to protect themselves instead of their constituents, who are fed up with the lack of accountability and transparency in Washington. The ‘Slaughter Solution’ is nothing more than an incumbent protection program for Democrats afraid to stick their necks out because they know how much the American people oppose this bill. Speaker Pelosi, who promised to lead the ‘most open, most honest, and most ethical’ Congress in history, gave rank-and-file Democrats a chance to pass this job-killing monstrosity without actually voting on it and they jumped at the opportunity.
Oh, and regarding the CBO scoring of ObacistCare, R.S. McCain writes: It’s like a fat chick wearing a black skirt because she thinks it makes her look skinny.
Lilly Allen looks inside the Democrats hearts, and provides their response to the American People