Why the Senate will have to use the House health-care reform bill [CORRECTED]
From Congressional Quarterly:
The Constitution requires that tax and revenue-raising bills -- such as a health care overhaul -- originate in the House. For that reason, the Senate is expected to take up a House-passed bill, strip the text of the measure and insert the text of the Senate’s health care bill. The text would be added as a substitute amendment, a common Senate parliamentary practice.
Correction: As some correspondents noted, I missed a crucial piece of the story. One e-mails:
Your headline is quite wrong and actually does not comport with what CQ says. The CQ article says that the Senate is expected to take up "a" House-passed bill, not "the" House-passed health care bill. Harry Reid does not wish to touch the House-passed bill with a ten-foot pole, so instead he's going to take up an unrelated House-passed tax bill (I'm hearing TARP executive compensation), gut it, and insert the text of the new Senate bill.
In other words, Reid will use a House bill, but not the House health-care reform bill. My mistake.
November 17, 2009; 11:12 AM ET
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