Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said Thursday that the Democrats' plan to pass the Senate health care bill without a formal vote in the House goes against “our system of government” and shows that Democrats are willing to “trample upon the Constitution itself."
“The American people know under our system of government that a bill cannot become a law unless it passes the House by a majority, the Senate by a majority, and it’s signed by the president of the United States,” said Rep. Pence at a press conference where Republicans were calling for news cameras to be allowed inside the House Rules Committee during the debate over the rule for proceeding with health care legislation.
“While some are pointing to other procedural uses of deeming before, there is no instance in the history of the United States of America where landmark legislation has been sent to the president’s desk without an up or down vote on the floor of the House and the floor of the Senate,” said the Indiana congressman. “It has never happened before, but it could happen now.”