"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
It is irrelevant which bill is voted on. All that matters is what is in the bill that is passed.
If one chamber wants a completely different bill, it can vote on its own bill - or it can simply amend a bill that came from the other chamber by replacing the entire contents with its own version. (An "amendment in the nature of a substitute").
So saying that the Senate didn't allow the House bill to come to a vote is a completely meaningless statement. The Senate voted on and passed its version of the bill. If it had taken up the House version, it would have simply amended it to be the exact same bill that it ended up passing. The only difference would have been the number on the bill.
As far as I can tell, that's exactly what happened, though I haven't tracked it all down. But you may be correct about the part where the House sent a bill to the Senate first. I haven't looked at the timeline in detail.
Last edited by misterman; 12-21-11 at 06:10 PM.
"Yes I read the 9th [amendment]. It doesn't say **** about abortion." -Jamesrage
And once again the Republicans refuse to take up the House bill. On top of that, they cut off the C-Span feed (which is controlled by the Speaker of the House's office) to mute the backlash.