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House Democrats' tactic for healthcare bill is debated

Washington Post, March 17, 2010

An obscure parliamentary maneuver favored by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to pass healthcare reform has triggered debate over the strategy's legitimacy and political wisdom, the Washington Post reports. Republicans condemned Pelosi's idea—in which House members would make a final decision on broad healthcare changes without voting directly on the Senate version of the bill—as an abuse of the legislative process. Parliamentary experts of both parties said the tactic has been used with increasing frequency in recent years by Democrats and Republicans alike, but usually earlier in the legislative process, the Post reports.