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.

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.

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.

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