Today, Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (SC-03) voted in favor of H. Res. 1188. This resolution, which Barrett co-sponsored, would require a clean, up or down vote on the Senate-passed health care bill. After the vote, Barrett made the following remarks:
"While Democrats' may publicly push a transparency initiative for Congress, they are still attempting to keep the Americans in the dark on health care reform through closed door processes, sweetheart heart deals and legislative trickery.
Instead of trying to force passage of this massive, costly and wildly unpopular health care legislation, Democrats should be listening to the American people--and they have made it loud and clear that they do not want a government takeover of health care.
Americans are tired of the games and gimmicks that the White House and Democratic majority are using in an effort to pass this health care reform bill. By starting over on health care reform, we can create a straightforward and financially feasible plan that will ensure that all American families have access to affordable, quality health care."
Note: The Slaughter Rule would allow the House to "deem" both the Senate and sidecar bills as passed, avoiding the political problems that stem from taking a true up or down vote on this unpopular legislation. If H. Res. 1188 were to pass, it would force a straightforward, up or down vote on the Senate-passed health care bill--thus, disallowing the Slaughter Rule to be enacted.