FDL has learned that in a last minute move, Nancy Pelosi sneaked language into the rule that the House is voting on tonight regarding war funding.
Embedded in the rule is the requirement that the House will vote on the deficit commission’s recommendations in the lame duck session if they pass the Senate.
The commission, co-chaired by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, is packed with members who favor the raising the retirement age to 70, means testing, and private accounts. Many also support investing 20% of the Social Security trust fund in the stock market.
It’s ironic that yesterday Pelosi sent out press releases criticizing John Boehner for expressing the very same positions on cutting Social Security benefits that Jim Clyburn, Joe Biden and Steny Hoyer have. She’s putting this language into the rule in order to deflect responsibility from herself when it comes to the floor for a vote during a lame duck session, since without her approval that could never happen.
Pelosi knows full well what the committee wants to do. The fix is in.
Happening on CSPAN now.
Pelosi’s office number: (202) 225-4965
Update: Pelosi’s phone is not being answered, and not taking messages.
Update II: The rule is only good for the 111th Congress — it expires Jan 5, 2011, so a lame duck Congress would have to vote on it.
Update III: Pelosi got her wish. The House will have to give an up-or-down vote to whatever the Catfood Commission recommends. With Republicans and Blue Dog votes alone, cuts to Social Security benefits should have no trouble passing.