Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16) today voted for a resolution that would bar the House from using the controversial "Slaughter Solution" to pass the Senate healthcare reform bill. The motion failed 222-203.
The "Slaughter Solution," constructed by House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), would allow the House to "deem" the Senate healthcare reform bill passed without a straight up or down vote on the bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi remarked this week that she liked Rep. Slaughter's strategy, "because people don't have to vote on the Senate bill."
Rep. Pitts' statement follows:
"We are about to pass the most far-reaching piece of legislation in decades and Speaker Pelosi is looking for a way to pretend that we're not writing into law the Senate healthcare reform bill. She can pretend all she wants, but should the House act in this manner, the President will sign a Senate bill packed with indefensible special deals.
"It's sad that the Democratic majority wouldn't stand with Republicans and demand that the House operate in an honorable and transparent manner. This isn't the way we should go about changing healthcare for every American."
The text of the resolution is available here: http://gopleader.gov/UploadedFiles/Resolution_to_Stop_Slaughter_Solution.pdf