No Budget Resolution? Democrats Contemplate Giving Up Important Power in Face of Republican Obstructionism

By: Monday April 12, 2010 7:04 am

If there is no budget resolution and Democrats complain about Republicans “blocking” a promise to the progressives base, remember: Democrats chose to give Republican their veto power.


The Upcoming Budget Resolution: What Reconciliation Instructions Might It Contain?

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 12:00 pm

If you want to pass a reconciliation bill in the Senate that can’t be filibustered, to overcome Republican obstructionism, you first need to have reconciliation instructions included in a budget. What reconciliation instructions are included in the budget are critical to passing laws over potentially Republican and conservative Democratic obstructionism, and serves as a clear indication of where the Democratic leadership’s true priorities lay. I will be waiting to see exactly what reconciliation instructions are included in the upcoming budget and what they could be used for. It is something the entire progressive community should be focused on intensely because it will be a good indication of whether Congressional Democrats feel any obligation to fulfill their policy promises.

Halter Jumps on Lincoln’s Reconciliation Vote, Condemns Her Favoring Banks over Students

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 3:59 pm

Bill Halter wasted no time today slamming Blanche Lincoln for her vote against the reconciliation bill in the Senate, sending over multiple platforms a condemnation attached to a fundraising ask. Lincoln voted No today on the bill, which included delays to the excise tax, canceling of certain special deals, extending federal support for Medicaid expansion [...]

Senate Approves Health Care Reconciliation, 56-43; No Amendments Pass, but Bill Still Needs Another House Vote

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 11:23 am

The Senate has voted on the last of the many amendments to the reconciliation bill, none of which have passed. Kent Conrad spoke about the two technical changes to the bill cited by the Senate parliamentarian, and the presiding officer (in a surprise appearance, Vice President Joe Biden) confirmed that there would be no further points of order risen. . . the final tally will be 56-43, the reconciliation bill has passed, and it will pass the House with the technical changes this evening.

Parliamentarian Finds Two Byrd Rule Violations in Reconciliation Bill

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 7:16 am

Democrats, showing unusual spunk, forced Republicans to go deep into the night to vote on their amendments, all of which failed with the Democratic caucus holding together. This was basically the “make them filibuster” moment that, we are often told, would captivate the nation and force everyone to recognize who is holding back progress for the American people. Weren’t you captivated, last night, at 2:45am?

Harkin Argues for Passing Reconciliation Bill Without Amendments; Hopes for Public Option Vote in Future

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 2:59 pm

On a conference call sponsored by Families USA and HCAN, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) urged Democrats to pass the reconciliation bill of fixes to the health care law without any amendments or additions, so it can go directly to the President for his signature. When challenged on the likelihood of that happening, given the probability of small points of order from Republicans knocking out pieces of the bill, Harkin dismissed that as speculative.

Dems Vote For Viagra For Sex Offenders and Other Stories

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 12:00 pm

During this portion of the reconciliation phase, Republicans can write virtually any amendment, forcing Democrats into terrible votes, without much consequence, knowing they will be defeated and providing campaign ad fodder — including amendments like “No Erectile Dysfunction Drugs To Sex Offenders.”

Halter Signals Student Loan Bill an Issue in Arkansas Primary

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 1:15 pm

Arkansas’ Lt. Governor and Senatorial candidate Bill Halter has seized on Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s opposition to the budget reconciliation, particularly to the piece of it that would reform the student loan industry.

Parliamentarian Provides “Win” for Dems on Reconciliation Bill

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 7:59 am

The President will sign the health care legislation at an 11am ceremony. After that, Senate work will begin on the reconciliation sidecar, and last night, the Senate’s parliamentarian, Alan Frumin, delivered a victory that shut down efforts to throw out or delay the bill.

Lincoln Will Vote Against Reconciliation Bill, Cites Student Lending Initiative

By: Monday March 22, 2010 11:45 am

Lincoln would rather reward banks and keep private subsidies flowing than offer that money to students. As a result, she would deprive the students of Arkansas $349 million dollars over ten years, helping as many as 58,000 college-age kids get a higher education. There’s also over $31 million dollars for Arkansas colleges and universities which Lincoln would like to leave on the table.

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