Why Not Pass Health Care While Leaders Are Trapped at Blair House?
President Obama and bipartisan leaders will be stuck in the meeting at Blair House for a while longer, and an interested reader has suggested:
...Since the leaders of both parties are stuck in Blair House, can the rest hold session and actually pass some legislation while nobody is paying attention? I just wish this would happen!
An unlikely scenario, but the Blair House meeting does provide a window if the rank-and-file members want to give it a try... The reader was under the impression--which I have not confirmed--that there is no cell reception or Internet at Blair House, meaning Obama and the congressional leadership wouldn't even get word of a vote happening.
Bottom line: it's constitutional. Both the House and Senate only need a quorum of a simple majority of the full body to hold session. Then again, Obama would have to sign it...