What happened on C-Span earlier this afternoon re: health care?
March 21, 2010 11:48 AM Subscribe
What just happened on C-Span? There was some health care related vote. What exactly did that vote decide?
posted by stuart_s to Law & Government (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Apparently, there are at least a couple more hours of debate left and then three more votes: a vote on the rule to govern the debate (or the voting?), a vote on the Senate bill and a vote on the House reconciliation bill. That's not counting the voting they're doing right now on a procedural objection(?) from a Rep Ryan.
So what was all the buzz on twitter about an hour ago? I picked up C-Span after the clerk read the title of the bill(resolution?) they were considering but my impression was that they were voting on something related to health care. The c-span chyron said something about agreeing to suspend and something else. Maybe. And the votes were unanimously in the yea column. The speaker ('s proxy? - the guy banging the gavel) then said something about the yea's and nay's and something about 2/3's in the affirmative.
What were they voting on?
Why were all of the votes in the yea column?
Is that the same as the speaker's "affirmative?"
And while I have the attention of MeFi's congressional scholars... The next(?) vote on the parameters of the debate? How much latitude is there in that rule? Are they just setting time limits or can other weirdness happen? They seem to have more than enough rules governing debate as it is. I understand that these rules are not unusual, even customary. Why are they necessary?