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-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Welcome to the diamond this -- every one the White House giving congress the deadline today to push a health care vote through the house by march 18.
That's two short weeks -- today.
The real war is just beginning in the house democratic leaders are being accused up.
Abusing their power speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi and majority leader Steny Hoyer watching is a controversial process called.
We conciliation to pass this health care bill -- the Wall Street Journal on an editorial wrote quote.
What are we what we are about to witness is an extraordinary abuse of traditional senate rules.
To pass the bill merely because they think it's good for the rest of us and because they fear their chance to building European wealthier state.
They never come again.
Well before the process -- -- in the house must agree with the exact language in the senate version of the bill.
GOP strategist and columnist for the hill scary to co list has spent years working on Capitol Hill as you know the ins and outs of this.
He's the expert -- joins me now in the diamond district -- So what do you think do you agree with the wall street journal editorial that using this -- -- conciliation yes we know it's been used before but in this case.
Is -- abuse of power.
I think he's the power and it could be political suicide for the Democrats and you know what I find really interesting -- you have the house leaders the house democratic -- Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer.
Trying to make this decision for the senate which is where reconciliation would take place.
And is -- now reconciliation means that they would pass their fourth health care.
Down the threat for the American people at the simple majority.
In the Democrats have the supermajority of sixty.
In the senate and they had a house in the White House they still couldn't pass that.
Look the American people have spoken loud and clear through the -- at these town hall meetings often this summer the off.
And over the Christmas break we've heard we see what happened in Massachusetts wherever -- public and was elected to take Katie beaten by rounding out that even be that 41.
Well it's you know in the -- to -- healthcare and going through this isn't anything that the Democrats that did this political suicide.
And not only that -- but they want to do it before the Easter.
-- -- -- that is really really fast and I'm thinking might my thinking on this.
Excuse me is that.
They don't want to go home to their home districts in again facing feet.
From their constituents about yeah they figure if they they hope they go ahead and boat in and get it done away at.
You know then they won't have to be able to come back and say well yeah I did hear from constituents and they don't want me to vote for this they're like hey we we we -- already it's a done deal.
Exactly you hit the nail on the head and if you remember this is exactly what happened last salary do you remember the Democrats -- to ram through health care about.
Because the last thing they -- it was that their members of congress the house and senate members to go.
Home for that summer break during odd thing get and getting earful from their constituents.
Which is exactly what happened that they went home and many of them would rather listen to their constituent yeah that men and then the president for example and I think now what you have.
As President Obama who isn't up for reelection for you know a few years.
He's asking his democratic colleagues in the house and senate to follow on their -- for him and basically -- more loyal to him.
Then to their constituents they're concerned citizens -- loud and clear.
I think he's really doing a disservice to rebound and hit some members putting them in that awkward position well -- at this point I had an idea after their name this is -- -- the negative thing.
You have a very.
That's specifically I mean -- -- a lot of people that they gain on the hill.
And the reason I point out your years of experience not to talk about gays or anything of course among -- -- talk about your experience that you know how Capitol Hill works.
A lot of speculation that the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is going to have to you.
Do -- -- -- -- backdoor deals.
-- her Democratic Party members.
To try to get them on board with this you know maybe talk about earmarks later on talked about chairman steps and talk about different positions.
A lot of this goes not come on -- We know what's Trout store any absolutely there's going to be some good -- fashioned bartering going on it's going to be obviously with members have her own party.
Who -- if they were just listening to folks back home if they were.
Acting in the interest of their own constituents.
They weren't going to go a lot -- that that they really if they could get if they wanted to they will it.
Since they well Nancy Pelosi have to really you know do some arm twisting and start to start to say you know handing out that the -- -- for these folks to make him laugh.
While west gallery is going to happen last question for you do you think Bart Stupak.
We'll succeed in other -- Democrats who are against.
The abortion language where they feel that it's federal dollars going to pay for abortions do you think that will stop.
This from succeeding the health care bill.
Yeah I actually do because that's.
When those issues and it's hard to barter away you salad -- -- with Ben Nelson.
And it -- she starts -- changing your principles based on what the goodies are that you're going to get -- a whole different story so.
The folks there with that Stupak on this are likely to stand their ground and stick to their principles and and really not had their votes to put up for sale.
All right send us your response people via Twitter and go go -- and tell me what you think -- to -- bit GOP strategists in the expert there on.
The hill the columnist for the L thanks so much for joining in the diamond district let's talk it over to.
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