March 12th, 2010
05:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrats soften pledge for three-day posting of health bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="House Democrats may not post health care reform package online for 72 hours before vote."]
Washington (CNN) - House Democrats appear to be softening their pledge to allow the public 72 hours to review the health care reform package online before a House vote. "We will certainly give as much notice as possible, but I'm not going to say that 72 hours is going to be the litmus test," said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Friday.

"The House bill or Senate bill, as proposed, has been online for some two-and-a-half months, otherwise known about 75 days," Hoyer added, referring to the November and December dates each chamber passed its version of health care legislation.

But Democrats could vote as soon as next week on a series of changes to the health care package - called a reconciliation bill - and the number two House Republican criticized Hoyer directly on House floor.

"I'm a little bit taken aback that now that 72-hour rule has been completely cast aside, since nobody in the House has seen what's in the reconciliation bill," said Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised earlier this year Democrats would make the final health care bill public at least three days before voting.

"The House Democratic Leadership is committed to having the final health insurance reform legislation online for 72 hours before the House votes, for all Members and the American people to review. We will continue the transparent process this landmark legislation has had for months," Pelosi wrote in a January press release.

Hoyer on Friday said that a three-day posting for the reconciled bill was his preference, but he said the American public had been waiting for health care reform since the time of President Theodore Roosevelt and action must be taken.

"There's been ample time to review the bill, whether it's the Senate bill or the House bill," Hoyer told Cantor.

Cantor in turn called that lack of commitment "disturbing."
"I think that's consistent to the depiction that there is a ramming through going on," he said.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Shibumi

    Let us look at the short list......The number of campaign promises that Stinkle Barry and the Dimbos have actually kept. Just how gullible are you libs? Does it not offend you to be lied to by so many who you voted for?

    March 12, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Gerry NH

    Pelosi is just plain crazy. She want's us to take a bill that the congress, white house, unions and all of government don't want. I will accept this bill if everyone is forced to take it.

    March 12, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Tony

    Anyone that anyone seriously thinks the Senate will amend the bill bill after the President signs it is nuts. What is their incentive?

    Democratic Senators and Congressmen will then have to defend Nebraska's sweetheart deal and every other pork project because not a single Republican will have voted for it.

    March 12, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Bob65

    Yeah, healtcare is such an urgent, urgent priority that the subsidies don't kick in for over three years, because the Dems want to game the CBO numbers. So please spare me the nonsense about how the "American people can't wait any longer".

    March 12, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    Well Mr Hoyer,

    72 hours was what was promised, what was pledged! Either keep it or ask for a do-over, tell us you were kidding, or tell us something about fingers being crossed behind a back or two! Then again, we certaintly can't be smarter on a bill than Congress, right? Isn't that unlawful? Immoral? Impossible?

    March 12, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Just keep it up Nancy. The number of Democrats in the House may just drop below 100 after November elections. Instead of taking a private jet between CA and DC you'll be riding Greyhound.

    March 12, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Albo58

    Along with the sun coming up in the morning, we can always count on Queen Nan to be dishonest, dishonorable, disloyal to the country, inept, and wrong on any subject!

    March 12, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. tompinch

    What's one more broken promise in an endless trail of broken promises related to these bills?

    March 12, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Jim

    Why do the Republicans care how long is available online? It could say anything and they aren't going to vote for it. They can't demand openness about a process in which they aren't participating. I am sick of their constant feigned indignation.

    March 12, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I love it... Democrats "soften" a "pledge", but if it were Republicans doing the same, the headline would read "Republicans break promise..."

    Media bias? What media bias?

    March 12, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. common sense.

    Reading bills and voting is in the job description of senators and reps.
    Dont feel bad for them.Its their job !

    March 12, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. Frustrated....

    Even if we do get to read the bill.... and even if there might be some good to this bill.... My representatives....Democrats and Republicans...are going to vote their party lines. Does not matter what I often I write.... Those in power don't do the job they were hired to do.... They only represent their party and could care less about the people.

    Democrats telling me that this health care bill is what America needs....(when it is 1/6 of our economy, gosh, wonder what their real motive is....).....Is the same tactics Republicans pulled....when they said we needed to go to war....(and that had absolutely nothing to do with Oil)

    Now....Obama demonizing the insurance industry....telling us they are the reason for the costs and our pain....using that fear tactic to control and manipulate us.

    Yep...this sure looks like change to me....(NOT)

    March 12, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  13. Rick

    Can you guys just report the news without "softening" it? You don't soften a promise – you either keep it or you don't. I know CNN is in the tank for the Democrats, but can you please report the new professionally?

    March 12, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. mjn

    Not a shocker....why would the Dems want us to actually know what is in the monstrosity they are putting together.

    March 12, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. Taterhead

    Would it not be cheaper to open a government hospital staff it with government physicians and government nurses and regulate that only people that could not afford healthcare be treated. They would have to divulge their financial information to qualify and only then could they get free or discounted care. Bullet and stab wounds determined to be gang related could go left untreated, illegal immigrants could be treated and the bill sent to their country of origin, they could even offer free sterilization and birthcontrol.

    Hey, but let's bankrupt the Nation instead, Change you can relieve yourself on!

    March 12, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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