Thursday, October 1, 2009

Reconciliation: The back up plan

In the recent post we told you about the Secret Plan to pass Health Care Legislation and it is not reconciliation. Reconciliation is the back up plan to the secret plan. But just so everyone is informed here is the basic on how it works.

Reconciliation is the 'inside the beltway' procedure that liberals could use to railroad through the unpopular and partisan bill dealing with budget. A reconciliation instruction is a provision in a budget resolution directing one or more committees to submit legislation changing existing law in order to bring spending, revenues, or the debit limit into conformity with the budget resolution. The bills can not be filibuster, while it usually requires a majority of 60 Senators to silence a Senator who's using unlimited debate to hold up a measure in reconciliation it only takes 51 votes to shut down the process and pass a bill.

Sen. Robert Byrd, not a fan of reconciliation, created a rule that allows Senators to remove extraneous provisions in reconciliation legislation unless those provisions directly relate to changes in the levels of federal spending, taxes or debt. So the argument that the Health Care bill will not add any more spending to the budget is really a not true, because the Senate will bring "reconcile" the budget to the bill, instead of the bill to the budget.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this damning video--I just posted it on my FB and Twitter. I will be making calls and writing emails tomorrow!