Another “Do As I Say” Example

Wed, Feb 24, 2010

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We continue to hear about the “nuclear option” from the Democrats as a way to get their health care bill passed.

The nuclear option is an attempt by a majority of the United States Senate to end a filibuster by invoking a point of order to essentially declare the filibuster unconstitutional which can be decided by a simple majority, rather than seeking formal cloture with a supermajority of 60 senators.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. jimfin Says:

    http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/infographics/reconciliation/

  2. Jason Roberts Says:

    I assume you are trying to indicate that the process has been used across party lines for a while. Of course, that is the case. My concern is the immense size of the bill, the drastic economic and social change it would bring, and the negative implications it has for virtually every US citizen. In the past, it has been use by both parties for significantly smaller bills that didn’t have as far reaching impact on our country. Wouldn’t you agree?

  3. jimfin Says:

    No can’t say I agree. For example the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 increased budget deficits $340 billion by 2008 because there were no adequate cuts made to the budget. This was compounded by the emergency supplemental appropriations bills for the war in Iraq that aren’t even considered part of the annual budget (speaking of drastic economic change, I guess 2 trillion to protect us from a country without a single WMD was worth it).

    Meanwhile, depending on which Health bill is used it would add $239 billion over 10 years (House Bill) to the deficit, while the HELP Committee bill adds $597 billion over 10 years. In theory cuts to medicare through the new bill would supplement part of the Health Bill cost. Either way the bill adds less debt on the American people then “Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act” did and infinitely less than the Iraq War.

    The point being, yes, it goes across both party lines, so republicans crying foul is ridiculous, as is democrats crying the same. Also as pointed, it’s size is nothing new, drastic, or negative compared to any of these other bills used by the majority.

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