Reid says will use "reconciliation" on healthcare

WASHINGTON Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:08pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid formally notified Republicans on Thursday that he will attempt to pass the final changes to a healthcare overhaul through the budget process of reconciliation.

The process, used in the past by Republicans, requires only a simple majority in the 100-member Senate, bypassing the need for 60 votes to overcome procedural hurdles.

"We plan to use the regular budget reconciliation process that the Republican caucus has used many times," Reid said in his letter. "Keep in mind that reconciliation will not exclude Republicans from the legislative process."

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Comments (25)
barbhop wrote:
I hope Reid is gone in November. He will not listen to the Anerican people and needs to go. This guy is one big liberal, arrogant idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 11, 2010 2:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bck555 wrote:
“We plan to use the regular budget reconciliation process that the Republican caucus has used many times” is a convienent distortion made to legitimize an illegitimate act.

Mar 11, 2010 3:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
akcoyote wrote:
Way to go Harry! Never did I think that the democrats would implode so quickly but when you are leaderless and rudderless, this was bound to happen. The BOOM will be deafening come November.

Mar 11, 2010 3:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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