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Lincoln, Bayh Say 'No' to Reconciliation

2:56 PM, Jan 26, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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She may have $5 million in the bank, but she knows it won't save her if she's part of reconciliation on health care:

“I am opposed to and will fight against any attempts to push through changes to the Senate health insurance reform legislation by using budget reconciliation tactics that would allow the Senate to pass a package of changes to our original bill with 51 votes," she said in a statement. "I will not accept any last-minute efforts to force changes to health insurance reform issues through budget reconciliation, and neither will Arkansans."

Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) dodged a bullet today when Rep. Mike Pence decided not to run against him, and he's not about to stand in front of another one. According to CNN's Dana Bash, Bayh called the idea of reconciliation, "very ill-advised."

“It would destroy the opportunity, if there is one, for any bipartisan cooperation the rest of this year on anything else,” Mr. Bayh said.

Update: Via Dana Bash again, Harry Reid said today there is "no rush" on health care.

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