From Firedoglake: Democrats Singing Off The Same Songbook – Reconciliation Sidecar Is Go

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For the first time in the health care debate in a couple months, the major players seem to be reading from the same script. The President made his pitch for health care reform before the big summit this week. Democrats, including members of the leadership, continue to sign on to using reconciliation to finish off the bill. And Harry Reid provided a timeline.

Democrats will finish their health reform efforts within the next two months by using a majority-vote maneuver in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

Reid said that congressional Democrats would likely opt for a procedural tactic in the Senate allowing the upper chamber to make final changes to its healthcare bill with only a simple majority of senators, instead of the 60 it takes to normally end a filibuster.

“I’ve had many conversations this week with the president, his chief of staff, and Speaker Pelosi,” Reid said
“And we’re really trying to move forward on this.”
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The coming week is going to be very interesting. We’ve got to get through a bunch of small. 60 member votes in the Senate to get to a basic majority vote for Reconciliation.

We’ll see if they can pull it off.


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Posted on February 21, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Encouraging. I’m still suffering from Lucy and the Football Syndrome though.

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