So the House of Representatives can’t bring itself to pass a serviceable tax bill. Whereupon Vice President Biden and Senator McConnell cut some backroom deal, which the Senate passes by a lopsided margin. In the waning hours of the 112th Congress (history as of today), the House passes the bill, unamended, by a 257-167 vote (172 Democrats and 85 Republicans voting yes; 16 Democrats and 151 Republicans no).
Question: in what meaningful sense can this concoction—plainly, a “Bill for raising Revenue”—be said to have originated in the House of Representatives, as required by Art. I Sec. 7 of the Constitution? The answer, upon information and belief, is that the House on August 1, 2012 did pass, on a 256-171 party-line vote, the Republican-sponsored H.R. 8, which would have extended all of the Bush-era tax cuts. The Senate simply “amended” that bill, as explicitly permitted by Art. I Sec. 7. So you see, everything is in good constitutional order on the Hill. Thought you might want to know.