Congressman Parker Griffith officially offered a resolution today, H.Res. 1188, that would require an actual up-or-down House vote on the Senate health care bill. If passed by the House, the resolution would prevent Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from implementing the "Slaughter Solution," the scheme by which Democratic leaders are seeking to pass the Senate's health care bill without actually voting on it.
House Republicans will offer the text of the resolution as the "PQ" ("previous question") for the suspension authority rule that is expected to be considered on the floor Thursday. Hours after introduction, H.Res. 1188 received over 100 cosponsors and the list continues to grow.
"Americans have said they don't want this bill -- but yet Speaker Pelosi and her liberal followers in Congress are determined to jam this health care bill down our throats," said Dr. Griffith. "I am offering this resolution as one of the last defensive actions the House of Representatives has against this bill. Hundreds of House members have voiced their opposition for this bill by voting against it the last time it was in the House. We must protect American families against this government-takeover of health care."
"The "Slaughter Solution' has sparked widespread outrage because it's designed to protect Washington politicians when it's American taxpayers we should be looking out for," House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said. "Speaker Pelosi and Democratic Leaders, who promised to lead the "most open' Congress in history, thought they could pull a fast one on the American people, but they were wrong. This vote will give Democrats an opportunity to demonstrate whether they share Republicans' commitment to ensuring the American people get what they deserve: a clean, up-or-down vote on the Senate health care bill. The stakes are too high, and this bill is too controversial, for anything less than total accountability."
The so-called Slaughter Solution is a plan by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the Democratic chair of the powerful House Rules Committee and a key ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), to get the health care legislation through the House without an actual vote on the Senate-passed health care bill.