Boehner to Speaker Pelosi: “Every member should stand before the American people and announce his or her vote”

House Republican Leader John Boehner has sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., requesting that the final health care votes be recorded by “call of the roll.”

Therefore, every lawmaker is required to publicly announce their vote on the House floor, Boehner said.

“This weekend’s votes will be among the most consequential votes we will ever cast as Members of Congress,” Boehner said in the letter to Speaker Pelosi. “As such, it is my belief that every Member should stand before the American people and announce his or her vote as the final decision is made.”

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.”

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