In neck-breaking fashion, GOP leadership took to the House floor on Thursday morning and voice-voted a one-year patch to the Sustainable Growth Rate - a pricey formula that determines how much the government pays doctors who treat Medicare patients.
Republican leadership worked with their Democratic counterparts to orchestrate the ploy. As members returned to the floor when the House came into session, they discovered that the bill had already passed. Nearly all of them were surprised.
No one had the chance to vote no, no one had a chance to vote yes.
The article doesn’t explain exactly what happened. Can someone knowledgeable explain this? Did they just send a few people in and ran it through with a dozen reps voting? Isn’t there a quorum requirement? Don’t you have to announce the vote in advance - at least a few hours in advance?
This really seems like a banana republic kind of thing to do and I am surprised House rules allow it.