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Instead of holding a vote on the full bill, Pelosi could hold a vote on a package of “fixes” that have support and them impose a little -known “self-executing rule” to “deem and pass” the full bill without a vote by members of the House.
The “deem and pass” rule is normally used as a procedural move to approve routine legislation but not for big budget controversial bills.
“It’s more process-oriented than most people want to know but I like it,” Pelosi told a roundtable of political bloggers Monday.
Pelosi admitted she is considering the option as a way to provide political cover for Democrats who are fearful that voting for the bill will cost them at the polls in the November elections but political insiders say the use of a political stunt to approve such a controversial bill without a vote could cause even more problems for Obama and party leaders.