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Reid: Who's Talking About Reconciliation?

12:15 PM, Feb 25, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Harry Reid spoke, in his opening statement at today's health-care forum, about the possibility of using reconciliation to pass the bill— a tactic that Sen. Lamar Alexander asked Democrats to set aside during his opening statement. He expressed some faux incredulity that Republicans were even suggesting Democrats would use the 51-vote threshold to pass major legislation.

“Again, Lamar, you’re entitled to your opinion but not your own facts. No one has said — I read what the president has online — no one has talked about reconciliation, but that’s what you folks have talked about, ever since that came out, as if it’s something that has never been done before.

Well, there's this.

And, cue the Politico:

After a brief period of consultation following the White House health reform summit, congressional Democrats plan to begin making the case next week for a massive, Democrats-only health care plan, party strategists told POLITICO.

A Democratic official said the six-hour summit was expected to “give a face to gridlock, in the form of House and Senate Republicans.”

Democrats plan to begin rhetorical, and perhaps legislative, steps toward the Democrats-only, or reconciliation, process early next week, the strategists said.

It's almost as if Sen. Reid thinks he's entitled to his own facts.



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