Now It Goes to the Voters

By: Friday June 29, 2012 7:17 am

Given that the Supreme Court has narrowly ruled in favor of the Affordable Care At, its final potential test is now with the voters in the 2012 election. In a supreme act of hypocrisy Mitt Romney, the political father of this exact style of health care program in Massachusetts, and the rest of the Republican [...]

AP “Fact Checkers” Spread False Myths about Senate Procedure and Obamacare Repeal

By: Friday November 4, 2011 9:18 am

Instead of playing the part of a news organization that informs the American public, the “fact checkers” at the AP have sadly decided to label as “facts” things that aren’t true about what Congress can or cannot do.  This fact check about the Republican presidential candidates’ claims about repealing “Obamacare” is simply deeply and profoundly [...]

Yes, Reconciliation Can Be Used to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

By: Friday October 14, 2011 9:56 am

During the health care debate Democrats worked very hard to promote the myth that reconciliation is an incredibly limited legislative procedure. They did this to create an excuse so they could tell their base the rules “forced” them to go with a corporatist health care reform package. In reality Democrats didn’t pass a more progressive [...]

Ten Areas Where Democrats Could Use Reconciliation

By: Monday April 26, 2010 10:38 am

If the Democrats want to pass anything in the Senate with 50 votes over the course of the next year, they have to decide now what they want to use reconciliation for and include that in next year’s budget resolution. What kind of progressive changes can you accomplish using reconciliation?  Well, anything done through reconciliation [...]

Big Opportunity for Progressives: Budget Will Have Reconciliation Instructions

By: Tuesday April 20, 2010 3:10 pm

Well, that was very quick turn around. In 24 hours, Democrats went from not asking for budget reconciliation instructions to planning to include them. This is potentially very good news for progressives. Reconciliation at least gives Democrats the option of possibly achieving some progressive legislative victories this year. From The Hill: The budget resolution being [...]

Should And Could Democrats Push “Local Jobs For America Act” Using Reconciliation?

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 1:57 pm

Now that the new health care law is passed, Democrats are hoping to focus on jobs and the economy. Members of Congress and progressive organizations have begun talking more about the Local Jobs For America Act. It is a good bill that should actually help to create and save jobs while temporarily helping to ease [...]

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

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 10:01 am

Normally, by this point in the year, Congress would have already began the process of marking up the 2011 budget resolution. The process got pushed back due to the work on the new health care law, but that means Congress will begin working on it soon after they get back from recess next week. Potentially [...]

Budget Reconciliation Instructions: An Incredibly Important, Potentially Powerful Tool for Progressive Change

By: Monday March 29, 2010 11:34 am

With health care and student loan reform passed, one of the next tasks Congress will soon take up is the annual budget. The “budget resolution” is a non-binding resolution by Congress outlining how they plan to spend money. The budget resolution is not law (so doesn’t need to be signed by the President), and, as [...]

Suprise! The Reconciliation Bill Will Need to Go Back to the House

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 7:44 am

Late last night, Republicans won two parliamentary points of order that resulted in a few lines being removed from the reconciliation bill. Since the Senate can now no longer pass a bill that is word-for-word identiacal to one that passed the House, it must go back to the House for a final vote. Who could [...]

Frosh Sen. Michael Bennet Won’t Offer Public Option Amendment, Still Seems Not to Understand How Legislative Process Works

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 3:38 pm

Oh, poor, poor Michael Bennet (D-CO). He just doesn’t seem to understand how the legislative process works. He took to the Senate floor to praise what the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”–which was signed yesterday by President Obama–will do. That bill is now law. Today they are working on a completely different bill, a [...]