Time For Use Of “Reconciliation” To Enact Health Care Reform

The tactic of “reconciliation”, requiring only 50 votes if the Vice President breaks the tie, or 51 votes majority in the Senate to enact legislation, is ready to be utilized if the conservative Democrats, including Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Max Baucus of Montana, refuse to be loyal to their party and complicate the passage by not cooperating to overcome a filibuster.

The “reconciliation” tactic has been used before, as for instance to enact the two Bush tax cuts, so there is no reason why it cannot be used now to bring about the most important legislation in at least a generation.

Statements by Senator Nelson and Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma that such a tactic would be wrong is pure hypocrisy, and it is time to make it clear to both the GOP and the conservative Democrats that the party will ignore them and pass legislation over their heads if they refuse to cooperate!

2 comments on “Time For Use Of “Reconciliation” To Enact Health Care Reform

  1. Greg Lindeblom October 8, 2009 6:46 am


    Does this refer to reconciliation of one bill from the Conference Committee? I confess that I find it a bit mysterious. As I understand it, the initial Senate bill needs 60 votes to avoid a filibuster, but the bill that comes from Conference Committee does not. Is that correct?

    In that event, maybe the Democrats should pass that Baucus piece of trash initially, then toss it in the trash bin at Conference Committee.

  2. Fred October 8, 2009 2:12 pm

    Apparently, there is now some movement on the Republican side to vote for the health care bill in whatever final form it takes. Former Senator Dole and others are now saying that, even though they don’t agree with everything in the bill, something needs to be done. Baccus seems to have backed the Republicans into a corner and they can’t come out.

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