Ace @ Ace of Spades HQ:
The Senate passed a version of the Violence Against Women Act that House Republicans don’t like. Clearly that means it’s dead, right? I mean the whole argument is, sure you can’t force things like entitlement reform with just the House but you can stop bad things from passing.
No, Boehner brought it up and it passed.
House approves Senate version of Violence Against Women Act, 286-138. All nays came from R’s. There were only 87 GOP yeas.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 28, 2013
When the House votes Thursday to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, ending a drawn-out fight over whether some groups should be afforded protections under the bill, the measure will likely pass with a minority of Republicans supporting it….
House leaders reached the decision to pitch the Senate bill late Tuesday, only once it became clear a House version of the measure could not pass. At a meeting earlier in the evening among members of the Whip team, which counts votes, the contingency of the Senate bill coming to the floor was not even raised.
“You would have never thought that had the slightest possibility of happening based on the discussions,” one House Republican aide familiar with the meeting said. The member of Congress for whom the aide works only learned that the House would vote on the Senate version of VAWA later — from Politico.
Does Beohner know that he doesn’t have to bring up every bill the Senate sends over? Because if he’s unclear on how this works, he could just look at how Harry Reid sits on Republican bills all the time.
What happened to the promises of regular order (each house passes a bill and then conference) and no more violating the Hasteret rule (you need a majority of the majority to pass a bill) after he did this with the fiscal cliff and Sandy relief bills? Yeah, about that taste in your mouth.