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The first bill Obama has already signed and is already law. It did not have to go back to the Senate because the House passed it 'as-is'.
This second bill is the 'fix' bill which I believe this article is referring to. Regardless of what happens with this second 'fix' bill, the first one will remain law.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
The first bill was passed contingent on the second bill. If the second bill does not pass the Senate, then the first bill is null and void.
Originally posted by boondock-saint
It is a political stunt by the WH
Definition of “Self-Executing” Rule. One of the newer types is called a “selfexecuting” rule; it embodies a “two-for-one” procedure. This means that when the House adopts a rule it also simultaneously agrees to dispose of a separate matter, which is specified in the rule itself. For instance, self-executing rules may stipulate that a discrete policy proposal is deemed to have passed the House and been incorporated in the bill to be taken up. The effect: neither in the House nor in the Committee of the Whole will lawmakers have an opportunity to amend or to vote separately on the “self-executed” provision. It was automatically agreed to when the House passed the rule. Rules of this sort contain customary, or “boilerplate,” language, such as: “The amendment printed in [section 2 of this resolution or in part 1 of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution] shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said Thursday she expects the Congress will approve a proposed package of changes to the new health care law by the end of the day -- thereby wrapping up its work on President Obama's top domestic priority.
Pelosi dismissed the significance of Senate Republicans' success in forcing the proposed "fixes" bill back to the House of Representatives, which previously passed the measure Sunday night along with the Democrats' underlying reform plan.
GOP leaders succeeded in sending the fixes bill back to the House by finding two provisions related to higher education funding in the measure that violate Senate procedure.
The finding has no impact on the broader health care plan, which Obama signed into law Tuesday.
Democratic lawmakers passed the health care overhaul Sunday night, creating the most sweeping changes to the nation's health care system in four decades.
The Senate version of the health care bill (HR 3590 ) passed the other chamber 219-212 late Sunday night and will be sent to President Obama to sign.
Representatives also passed a second reconciliation measure (HR 4872 ) 220-211 that would amend the Senate bill and put the overhaul package in its final form. The second bill moves to the Senate this week, where Republicans could delay its passage.
No Republicans voted for either measure. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on CBS's Sunday morning talk show that his party has a series of amendments they plan to introduce to the reconciliation bill, possibly dragging the debate into the Congressional spring break that begins Friday.
Reconciliation Act of 2010 - Vote Passed (220-211)
The House also passed this bill that would make changes to the health care overhaul measure they just passed and revise student loan procedures. The bill now goes to the Senate .
House Roll Call No. 167
111th Congress, 2nd Session
Passed: 220-211 (see complete tally)
The House passed H.R. 4872, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 202 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010, by a recorded vote of 220 ayes to 211 noes, Roll No. 167.
Reconciliation Act of 2010 - H.R.4872
Later in the week, the Senate is likely to begin work on this bill to make changes to the health care overhaul legislation Congress just passed and to revise student loan procedures.
By a vote of 222 to 203, House Democrats voted today to uphold the usage of the “self-executing rule,” also known as the Slaughter Solution.
Slaughter’s solution to the procedural hurdle facing House Democrats with respect to the Senate bill and the requisite package of fixes is a rule under which the House would, contingent on the passage of the fix bill, “deem” the original bill to have been passed. This is an elegant solution that avoids the need for a vote on the unpopular Senate bill while still approving the legislation as a whole.
H R 3590 RECORDED VOTE 21-Mar-2010 10:49 PM
QUESTION: On Motion to Concur in Senate Amendments
BILL TITLE: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
What this means is that the bill which Obama signed, which is not law until the Senate passes it as well, without amendment, is in violation of the Senate rules! Therefore it cannot be passed as is and Obama's signature, seeing as how he signed a bill that was not and cannot be passed by the Senate, is about as worthless as Obama himself is.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
The bill Obama signed was never actually voted on by the House.