The Rise of the Vapor Bill — And How to Stop It Print This Post Email This Post


Brian Darling of the Heritage Foundation has done it again, he has mapped out the secret Senate Democratic Vapor bill strategy for ObamaCare:

The Senate floor debate on health legislation could start as early as next week, but more likely they will consider Obamacare starting on October 13th. The Senate Finance Committee has been held up and will not have a final vote on the Committee bill until next Tuesday, therefore the Senate will have to wait another week before the debate starts.

Here is what we know. Sources on K Street and on Capitol Hill have confirmed the following scenario:

1. Senate staffers from the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee) are in the process of writing the bill RIGHT NOW that the Senate will consider the second full week of October;
2. Senator Reid will have to move to proceed to a House passed tax measure to avoid a “Blue Slip” problem. The term blue slip describes the procedure the House uses to stop the Senate from originating a tax bill. The Constitution states “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” The House passed tax measures that are on the Senate Calendar are as follows:
* H.R. 1664 – The AIG Bonus Bill;
* H.R. 2751 – A tax bill promoting fuel efficient cars;
* H.R. 2454 – House passed Global Warming bill; and,
* Any other tax measure that comes from the House in the next few days.
3. Senator Reid uses all the procedural tactics in his toolbox to shut down debate and control the Amendment process to get this Senate debate completed by the end of October. They can add the Public Option as an amendment on the Senate floor with a simple majority if they have the will.

The Vapor Bill is so named because there is no legislative language, which has several implications:

1) CBO cannot accurately score a bill without legislative language — there are too many opportunities for misinterpretation and errors that could add hundreds of billions to the score; and,

2) it will be impossible for Senators (obviously) to read the bill, and for the American people to read the bill.

The arrogance and pure disdain for the American public’s concerns about “getting it right” and their concerns about costs and government spending have been rejected out of hand by the Democrats in the Senate.

Call your U.S. Senator NOW with this simple message:

Vote Against the Motion to Proceed on ObamaCare, until Senators and the Public have had 72 hours to review the bill and CBO has given its official score based on the actual legislative language.

Otherwise, the vapor bill, without legislative language will be given a ballpark score and the Senate will be considering a bill that has no legislative language — a Vapor bill.