House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement following reports that Democratic Leaders are abandoning their scheme to "deem and pass" the Senate-passed health care bill, also known as the "Slaughter Solution":
"The decision to abandon the ‘Slaughter Solution' is a victory for the American people, who want a straight up-or-down vote. If we can stop the ‘deem scheme,' we can stop this bill. The American people are making their voices heard, here on Capitol Hill and across America. It's time for Washington Democrats to listen.
"Now, House Democrats will face two crucial votes tomorrow. They will have to vote on the Senate-passed bill, stuffed with tax hikes, Medicare cuts, and infamous backroom deals - and they will vote on something worse: their ‘fix' with more taxes, more Medicare cuts, and new special deals.
"It is now even more important the Speaker allow us to vote by a ‘call of the House.' Each man or woman in this House should stand before God, their colleagues, and their constituents and take a stand on this bill."
NOTE: According to the rules of the House of Representatives, "Unless the Speaker directs otherwise, the Clerk shall conduct a record vote or quorum call by electronic device. ... The Speaker may direct the Clerk to conduct a record vote or quorum call by call of the roll. In such a case the Clerk shall call the names of Members, alphabetically by surname."
The full text of Leader Boehner's letter to Speaker Pelosi is available here.