Democrats Will Use Budget Reconciliation (Known as the "Nuclear Option") to Pass Health-Care Reform Legislation (with a Simple 50+1 Majority).
“We’re Going to Have to Have a 60-Percent Majority in the Senate and in the House in Order to Actually Get a Bill to My Desk – That is Not Just a 50+1 Majority.”
“Reconciliation is [therefore] the wrong place for policy changes.”
“The reconciliation process appears to have lost its proper meaning,” [xxx] said on the Senate floor, adding that the use of reconciliation to deal with [those] policy changes meant that “A vehicle designed for deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility [Reconciliation, that is] has been hijacked to facilitate reckless deficits and unsustainable debt.”
These are, no doubt, strong and powerful arguments against using the ‘Reconciliation’ process.
Do you know who came up with this statement?
It was no other than then-Senator Barack Obama in December of 2005, during a U.S. Senate debate over changes to the federal Temporary Aid to Needy