POLITICS
05/20/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Democrats Won't Use Controversial 'Deem And Pass' Measure To Enact Health Reform

Two Democratic lawmakers tell the Huffington Post that the party will not use the controversial measure known as deem and pass to get health care into law.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) said the House will vote on the Senate bill first before it considered a separate package of reconciliation changes. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) confirmed.

"[House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] just said that we are going to do this tomorrow. And we are going to vote for the bill," Engel said, after emerging from a Democratic caucus meeting with party leadership. "It is not going to be deemed to pass. We are not going to do that."

"So you are going to vote separate on the Senate bill?" the Huffington Post asked.

"Right," Engel replied.

"And then separately on reconciliation fixes?"

"Right."