Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Reconciliation - Pure Corruption

Abuse Of Power: The White House has threatened to ram through radical health reform by abusing the budget reconciliation process. That would mean a new chapter on corruption for the history books.

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Monday that Democrats, ignoring the will of the American people, will try to pass a big government health reform bill through the "nuclear option" of reconciliation. In so doing, they'd be circumventing a Republican filibuster in the Senate and need only 51 votes.

In response, House Minority Leader John Boehner said the president had "crippled the credibility" of the health "summit" planned for Thursday "by proposing the same massive government takeover of health care based on a partisan bill the American people have already rejected."

He said the bill "doubles down on the same failed approach that will drive up premiums, destroy jobs, raise taxes and slash Medicare benefits" and called the meeting "a Democratic infomercial."

"Using reconciliation," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell charged last week, "would be an acknowledgment that there is bipartisan opposition to their bill."

But it would actually be something far more arrogant. The reconciliation procedure was hatched out of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to limit filibustering on budget bills — in other words, to prevent fiscally conscious senators from curbing Congress' big spending ways
...(READ at IBD - "No Nuclear Option"

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