HR 2454, the “Cap and Tax” bill known as ACES was brought to the floor of the United States House of Representatives today. A 300 page amendment to the over 1,000 page bill was brought forward at 3:09 this morning and a final, official copy of the bill was not available to House members during debate on passage of the bill.
House Republicans repeatedly inquired about the whereabouts of a printed copy of the final bill and were rebuffed by the DFL chair. In short, virtually no one had read the bill being considered for final passage.
Shortly before 6:30 PM CST, a roll call vote on final passage was called. The bill was passed by a vote of 219 â€“ 212. 211 Democrats voted for passage with 43 Democrats voting no. 8 Republicans voted in favor of passage with 168 of them voting no. One Democrat didnâ€™t vote and 2 Republicans didnâ€™t vote.
The cap and trade bill will now move to the U. S. Senate for their consideration. If it passes there, itâ€™s on its way to becoming law by the stroke of President Obamaâ€™s pen.
Far more Democrats voted against the bill than Republicans voted for it, which is telling in a broad sense when considered in light of the wishes of the American electorate â€“ most of whom oppose this bill.
One could say that a lack of Republican unity was responsible for the billâ€™s passage. Had the tiny minority of Republican congressmen who voted in favor of the bill abstained, or voted no, the bill would have failed.
Take Action: The bill’s next stop is the U. S. Senate. Contact your Senator now and urge a ‘No” vote on the Cap and Tax Swindle.