Reid Threatens 'Nuclear Option' to Pass Health Care Reform as Panel Starts Work

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid threatened on Tuesday to use a procedural maneuver to steamroll opponents of health care reform, even as a Senate panel began delicate negotiations over a package that could have the best chance at passing.

    The Nevada Democrat, who has issued similar threats before, spoke as the Senate Finance Committee began debate over Chairman Max Baucus' reform plan. Reid threatened to use a budgetary tool called reconciliation -- also known as the "nuclear option" -- that would allow Democrats to pass key parts of the legislation with a simple majority, as opposed to the 60 votes needed to avoid a Republican filibuster.

    "If we can't work this out to do something within the committee structure, then we'll be forced to do the reconciliation," Reid said, adding that he views that as a "last resort."

    "It remains to be seen as to whether we will have to do reconciliation. I am confident and hopeful we won't have to do that, but time will only tell," Reid said.

    Republican Sen. Richard Burr, N.C., said reconciliation would be a "grave mistake," and that Reid underestimates the public concerns over the bill.

    "I don't think it's a threat. I think that's what Harry Reid intends to do," Burr told FOX News.

    But the Senate Finance Committee pushed through tense and intensive talks Tuesday to reach common ground on the Baucus plan. Senators have filed 564 amendments, and on Tuesday afternoon Baucus released a slew of change




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    go ahead Harry political armageddon! go for it! :clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2:
     
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    Honestly, he should.

    He and Pelosi have proven to be pretty weak at reigning in factions of their own party. If Reid has a simple majority, and feels he can get away with it, he should make a run at it. He surely won't have a philibuster proof majority in 2010 and this issue has ate up enough time as is. Its time to get on to other issues.
     
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    he absolutely should. he absolutely should. what's taking hymn so long? :lol:
     
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    How many depends does he go through a day???
     
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    If I was Reid I would begin now to clean out my office. Regardless of this health care reform crap, people are tired of his political BS. He's toast the next election cycle no matter what he does. Hope he takes Pelosi with him. Thankfully Obama is nearly 1/4 of the way through his 15 minutes of fame. He's gone too.
     
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    Anna.....That's stinkin thinkin.
     
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    If he doesn't use the reconciliation if needed, he will be kicked out of his office.

    He not only looks like Mitch McWaddles, but he is just as dynamic.

    Now Nancy, there's one hot old chick.:eusa_whistle:She probably has a bigger set than most of the boys in the band.:lol:

    Nuclear it shall be and a health care plan we shall have. Future generations will wonder what the big stink was all about and won't believe people fell for the socialist shit, death panels, government men in your doctor's office etc.

    Go home take an aspirin and see me in a year under the current system.:(
     
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    Then why does he continually threaten?

    If you got the votes, grow a set and get r done.

    I suspect he hasn't got the votes and this is all bluster and posturing.
     
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    But reconciliation is allowed only on proposals that deal directly with the budget or are primarily fiscal in nature. So Democrats could use reconciliation to pass parts of the health care bill that have a direct fiscal effect, but not other measures creating things like health care supervision agencies. If Democrats try to pass measures that are deemed "extraneous," Republicans could object and have the measures stripped from the bill





    oh my!
     

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