See: House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it
Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers "deem" the health-care bill to be passed.
The tactic -- known as a "self-executing rule" or a "deem and pass" -- has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.
We are down to the wire. Now is the time for you to do something.
Here are two toll-free phone numbers to the Capital Switchboard.
Try these ones first
877 762 8762, 866-877-4455 (Should work for both the House and Senate.)
800 965 4701 (House)
800 828 0498 (Senate)
As always, be civil and polite.
When you call these numbers, you will reach an operator. Ask the operator to transfer you to your congressman's or Senator's office. You will need to know your critter's name. Don't rely on the operator to know who your congress critter is. If you don't know, try this website. Enter your zip-code and your State. It will give you your congress critter's name and contact information.
This is important.
It is a game changing.
This is a watershed moment in our nation's history.
And here is one that needs to hear from all of us.
Nancy Pelosi - Phone (202) 225-4965, Fax (202) 225-8259