Politico Breaking News reports:
Sen. Tom Harkin tells POLITICO that Senate Democratic leaders have decided to go the reconciliation route for health care reform. The House, he said, will first pass the Senate bill after Senate leaders demonstrate that they have the votes to pass reconciliation in the Senate.
It’s about time–if Democrats can pass health care reform within the scope of Congressional rules then they should.
And if any conservative tries to whine about this they should be reminded that–between 1995 and 2007 alone–the GOP used reconciliation 7 times.
And do you know what the most recent bill the GOP passed through reconciliation was? It was a health care reform bill, passed in 2005.
UPDATED: People should also remember that Congress won’t be passing the entire health care reform bill through reconciliation.
Health care reform already passed through the House and Senate–the problem here is that the House bill and Senate bill differ slightly.
So reconciliation will be used to, well, reconcile the two bills into one so that it can be sent to the President’s desk.
Just remember that health care reform has already passed through Congress–this is merely intended to iron out the differences between the two versions.