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House may try to pass Senate healthcare bill without voting on it

Washington Post, March 16, 2010

After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote on the Senate's healthcare bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it, the Washington Post reports. Instead, the House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers "deem" the healthcare bill to be passed. The tactic—known as a "self-executing rule" or a "deem and pass"—is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a House vote, the Post reports.