Senate Republicans are considering voting on "skinny repeal", which most of them insist they do not want to actually become law (because among other things, it repeals the individual mandate with nothing to replace the incentive for people to have insurance, which will cause a death spiral).
My understanding is that the reason for doing this is to pass any bill, so that they can go to a House-Senate conference committee. But some Republican senators are afraid the House will simply pass the Senate bill and it will become law without the Senate voting on it again (either without going to conference, or after going to conference and it could not produce a conference report, or if the Senate votes down the conference report), which they do not want as they do not want "skinny repeal" to become law by itself, so they are seeking assurances from the House that they won't ever pass "skinny repeal" if the Senate passes it.
My question is, why can't they solve this dilemma by simply passing a dummy bill with no provisions in it (or with some dummy provisions with no significance)? Wouldn't that also achieve the goal of passing "any bill" to go to a House-Senate conference committee? This would have the benefit that there would be no worries about the House passing it as the bill does nothing.