House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) emphasized Tuesday that no decisions had been made on how to proceed with healthcare legislation.
Pelosi, in a press conference at the Capitol, downplayed reports indicating that Democratic leaders were likely to utilize procedural maneuvers to approve the Senate healthcare bill and a package of fixes to it in one single vote.
"As I've said to you before, there are several options available to us and we've asked the parliamentarian and Rules committee to tell us what our options are," Pelosi told reporters.
Reports emerged Tuesday that Democrats were eyeing the so-called "Slaughter solution," a maneuver devised by House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) that would have House Democrats vote on a rule that deems the Senate healthcare bill as having passed, instead of holding separate vote on the Senate bill.
"No decision has been made about that," Pelosi said of that scenario. "It depends on the substance, and then we will go to the process on that."
Republicans have decried the process as rare and unprecedented, though Democrats have sought to counter those claims by citing examples of the numerous times in which a similar process has been used.
Still, the speaker stopped well short of ruling out the process, and kept it open as an option going forward.
"If you don't want to talk about substance, talk about process," she said.