Pelosi Trades Shots With GOP Over Health Care
Professor Michael McConnell, an expert on constitutional law, is mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle for his opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on health care reform:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday traded fire with Republicans over a procedural rule that would allow House members to pass sweeping health care changes without a direct up-or-down vote on the Senate-passed version of the legislation.
Republicans are riveting their fire on the maneuver - which could marry Senate health care legislation that some of her members don't like with "fixes" that they do - as possibly their last chance to stop the nearly $1 trillion, 10-year plan as it nears a make-or-break vote as soon as this weekend.
Under the Constitution, both chambers must pass identical bills. Stanford University law Professor and Hoover Institution scholar Michael McConnell wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal Monday arguing that by passing a rule that includes the Senate legislation, the House would not be passing identical legislation.