Will Republicans Really Stand in Front of the Reconciliation Sidecar?

By: Monday March 22, 2010 8:25 am

The President will sign the health care legislation on Tuesday, allowing the Senate to finish their work on the set of fixes in the reconciliation bill. Harry Reid has promised to begin work on the bill at that time. The key question here is whether or not Republicans will bother to gum up the works [...]

 

Stupak is Back: What’s an Enrollment Corrections Bill?

By: Friday March 19, 2010 8:45 pm

Jane has gone over this, but what Bart Stupak hinted at today has apparently come true. Stupak’s four-page “enrollment corrections” bill will get some sort of vote in the House as part of the overall health care bill.

Vaunted Health Insurance Rate Review Authority Kicked Out of Reconciliation Bill

By: Wednesday March 17, 2010 3:30 pm

In a completely obvious maneuver, the Senate parliamentarian has kicked out the Health Insurance Rate Authority from the reconciliation set of fixes. The national rate reviewer would have had the ability to cancel premium increases across the country, in association with state regulators. But it has no primary budgetary impact, so out it goes.

GOP Claims Parliamentarian Told Them Health Care Bill Must Be Signed into Law Before Acting on Reconciliation Sidecar

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 5:30 pm

It’s interesting that they didn’t get it in writing and leaked it to the DC publication Roll Call instead of forcing a statement into the open: The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that President Barack Obama must sign Congress’ original health care reform bill before the Senate can act on a companion reconciliation package, senior GOP sources said Thursday. This would disrupt the strategy to act on reconciliation before passing the full health care bill. The House simply does not trust the Senate to get the job done, and members also don’t want to have to take a vote on the Senate bill and its various distasteful deals. The idea before was to make a “self-executing” rule where the House would pass the reconciliation sidecar and “assume the Senate bill to have passed. According to these GOP sources, the Parliamentarian said they cannot do that.

Reid Affirmatively Signals Reconciliation Sidecar; Will Student Loan Bill Be Included?

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 3:25 pm

Harry Reid sent a letter to Mitch McConnell today announcing what we’ve all known – that the Senate will move forward with a reconciliation sidecar bill to fix elements of the health care package already passed.

New Health Care Whip Count: 191 Yes, 195 No, and a Major Update

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 6:30 pm

You’re at 191 yes, 195 no. But there’s this important update:

Senate Republicans have basically signaled that they will not play ball on any attempt to use reconciliation to change the abortion language.

SAFRA’s Chances in Reconciliation: Students Not Banks Meets Patients vs. Private Insurers

By: Tuesday March 9, 2010 4:01 pm

As you may know, FDL has launched the Students Not Banks campaign to get the student loan bill passed through reconciliation this year, enabling hundreds of thousands of students to afford college and ending the needless subsidies to the big banks for the privatization of the student loan market.

FDL campaigns get results! Already today, senior Democratic aides have proposed combining the student loan and the health care bills through reconciliation, the only way to pass SAFRA this year:

Senate Democratic leaders have decided to pair an overhaul of federal student lending with healthcare reform, according to a Democratic official familiar with negotiations.

Lincoln Responds to Primary Challenge, Floats Support for Health Care Reconciliation

By: Tuesday March 9, 2010 9:54 am

Blanche Lincoln, directly contradicting previous statements about using reconciliation to finish off the health care bill, pronounced herself open to the process yesterday.

Catholic Bishops Want to Change Senate Rules to Restrict Choice in Health Care

By: Saturday March 6, 2010 10:15 am

Essentially, the bishops would opt to try to change the reconciliation process and the Byrd rule to accommodate their restrictions of women’s choice. And they would threaten all Senators, Republican or Democrat, who didn’t vote their way, to break the rules.

Obama Firmly Calls for Use of Reconciliation to Pass Health Care Reform (Really)

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 1:45 pm

Today, during his remarks on the way forward for health care reform, President Obama indirectly but strongly called for using reconciliation. What was left out of the speech was whether Obama expected the House to pass the Senate bill first before passing a reconciliation “sidecar,” which the Senate would then need to also pass.

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