This week the President announced that the “healthcare debate was over”, and that “all that needed to be said about healthcare had already been said.” With that statement, the Democrats have been put on the spot because there is still no Republican support for either bill.
Traditionally, the Senate will pass one bill, and the House will pass a separate bill. Then, members from the House and Senate will go to Conference Committee to combine the two bills in order to prepare it for both chambers of Congress to vote on it again. Once the same bill is passed in both chambers, it then goes to the President to be signed into law.
Now, we are being told that the Senate will use a seldom-used procedure known as “reconciliation”. This procedure is generally used only for budgetary items, and, by itself, cannot be used to pass the entire healthcare bill. Additionally, in order for the Senate to be able to use reconciliation, the House would have to pass the exact same bill as the Senate. This is because the House does not have either the votes, or the willpower to start debate on a new bill that would later be reconciled, in the Senate. Here where it gets tricky, though: if the House passes the same bill that the Senate passed, there is no need for reconciliation because both chambers of Congress would have passed the same bill, meaning that it can then go to the President to be signed into law.
Last night, I participated in a conference call with a variety of folks involved who oppose the government takeover of healthcare. Together, we laid out a plan to target “Blue-Dog Democrats” in the House. The plan calls for 500 volunteers (per day) from across the country to follow 66 different Blue Dogs, including Jim Cooper, Tennessee’s fifth district representative.
We will have a war room setup at TV Worldwide Studios in Chantilly, VA to broadcast these “traveling protests,” live and unfiltered. Volunteers will follow the targets with video cameras, ask them pointed questions regarding the healthcare bill, then broadcast their answers on the internet and throughout the mainstream media.
The operation is set to start with a webcast March 9, and will last for 2 1/2 weeks (M-F).
“Bring the Townhalls to Washington” Kickoff
Time: March 9, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: TV Worldwide Studios
Street: 4206 F Technology Ct
City/Town: Chantilly, Va 20151
Event Type: kickoff event
Organized By: Nationwide Tea Party Coalition
Visit Washington DC Tea Party at: http://washingtondcteaparty.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
If you are interested in traveling to Washington and helping me stop the government takeover of healthcare, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we can stop Obamacare and win this battle of the revolution.