In congressional parlance, that’s known as a “poison pill,” something so obviously unpalatable to members of the other party that they vote against the entire bill.
“The speaker should have known he couldn’t pass legislation that amounts to a partisan love note to the tea party,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday.
We urge Boehner to allow a House vote on the Senate version of the bill, which most observers believe would pass with Democrats and moderate Republicans voting for it. The speaker, however, is unlikely to let the vote take place because of — you guessed it — party politics.
Lives and livelihoods are at stake. It’s not funny.