RAMMING SPEEDNot Listening After Virginia & New Jersey,Not Listening After Massachusetts,Not Listening After Failed SummitDems Will Try Passing Government-RunHealth Care Through Reconciliation
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Virginia, New Jersey Elections Do Not “Bode Well For Health Care Bill.” “Looking forward, that could have implications for the President’s agenda. His fellow Democrats could become even more attuned to the rhythms of their constituencies and less willing to risk stepping out of line to further Obama’s priorities when they are not in line with those of voters back home. That may not bode well for Obama’s health care bill…” (Karen Tumulty, “Republican Wins Show Dems They Are On Their Own,” Time, 11/4/09)
CNN’s Gloria Borge On Massachusetts Election: “This Was A National Election … Scott Brown Campaigned By Saying He Wanted To Be The Vote To Kill Health Care Reform In The United States Senate. And He Won.” (CNN’s “Larry King Live,” 1/19/10)
Three Out Of Four Americans Against Congress Passing “Legislation Similar To The Bills Passed By Both Chambers.” “Twenty-five percent of people questioned in the poll say Congress should pass legislation similar to the bills passed by both chambers, with 48 percent saying lawmakers should work on an entirely new bill and a quarter saying Congress should stop all work on health care reform.” (Paul Steinhauser, “CNN Poll: Health Care Provisions Popular But Overall Bills Unpopular,” CNN.com’s “Political Ticker” Blog, 2/24/10)
And Majority Of Americans Don’t Want The Democrats To Use Reconciliation To Pass Their Government-Run Health Care Experiment. “In the survey, Americans by 52%-39% oppose Senate Democrats using the procedure, which allows a bill to pass with a 51-vote majority rather than the 60 votes needed to end debate.” (Susan Page, “Poll: Expectations Lo w On Health Summit,” USA Today, 2/25/10)
DEMS MOVE FULL SPEED AHEAD ON RECONCILIATION
JANUARY 26: Dems “Focused” On Reconciliation Immediately After Election Of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA). “Senior Congressional aides said that lawmakers and the White House were increasingly focused on a plan by which the House would adopt the health care bill approved by the Senate on Dec. 24, with any changes made in a separate bill using the budget reconciliation maneuver. But Democratic leaders are no longer confident that rank-and-file House Democrats would be willing to go along. The victory by the Republican, Scott Brown, in Massachusetts last Tuesday not only denied Democrats their 60th vote, but raised a specter of fear for Democrats over the midterm elections.” (David Herszenhorn & Robert Pear, “Decision Looms On Advancing Health Care Bill,” The New York Times, 1/25/10)
FEBRUARY 8: White House Wanted To Use Health Care Summit To Give Obama, Dems Ground Cover To Use Reconciliation. “It’s also an opportunity for Mr. Obama to reclaim his image as someone out to change how Washington works, to engage his critics and to answer those who say he has broken his pledge to hold negotiations over a health-care bill in public. … The White House now hopes that a better, more public process will boost public support and give congressional Democrats enough confidence to pass the bill, using a parliamentary procedure that requires just 51 Senate votes.” (Laura Meckler, “Leverage Sought In Health Summit,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/8/10)
FEBRUARY 9: “[D]emocrats Hope The Summit Could Provide Them Political Cover To Go It Alone On A Party-Line Vote If Republicans Say They Won’t Provide Any Votes For An Obama-Style Health Fix.” (Carrie Budoff Brown & Patrick O’Connor, “No High Hopes For Health Care Summit,” Politico, 2/9/10)
FEBRUARY 19: Obama, Pelosi, And Reid Are “Committed To Reconciliation.” “‘They are coming out of the summit guns-a-blazing and they’re committed to reconciliation,’ said one Democratic insider. All three are dedicated to comprehensive reform, but Reid and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel are cautioning that ‘it’s going to be a heavier lift than a lot of people expect it to be,’ said a senior Democratic official. ‘It’s going to cause political problems.’” (Chris Frates, “Obama, Reid, Pelosi ‘Committed To Reconciliation’ — Tanden Leaving Administration — Medicaid Enrollment Hits Record 46.8M — W.H. Could Push Fo r Public Option,” Politico’s “Live Pulse” Blog , 2/19/10)
- “[I]n Fact, Obama Hopes To Walk Into The Feb. 25 Summit With An Agreement In Hand Between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid On A Final Democratic Bill, So They Can Move Ahead With A Reform Package After The Sit Down.” (Carrie Budoff Brown & Patrick O’Connor, “No High Hopes For Health Care Summit,” Politico, 2/9/10)
FEBRUARY 22: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) Praises Obama’s Proposal As Evidence Of A Partisan Way Forward Through Reconciliation. “But to be clear, this bill is a 51 vote plan and not a 60 vote plan – that is great news. Democrats wasted a year bowing to the altar of Olympia Snowe, Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson and it got us nowhere.” (Rep. Anthony Weiner, “Weiner On White House Health Care Plan,” Press Release, 2/22/10)
- “RECONCILIATION IS BACK: Why Bother With The Health Care Summit If Democrats Are Going To Use Reconciliation – A Filibuster Busting Simple Majority – In The Senate?” (Martin Kady II, “Republican Surge,” Politico’s “The Huddle,” 2/19/10)
FEBRUARY 23: MSNBC’s “First Read” Blog: It’s Clear Dems Are Using The Summit For “Political Cover To Use Reconciliation.” “The way forward: After the White House released its health-care proposal yesterday, it’s now clear how it wants to move forward: hold Thursday’s televised summit, grab a Republican idea or two and include it (maybe tort reform, maybe something else significant), then have the political cover to use reconciliation in the Senate, and pass the Senate bill in the House.” (Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, & Ali Weinberg, “First Thoughts: The Way Forward,” MSNBC’s “First Read” Blog, 2/23/10)
FEBRUARY 24: Reid Told Republicans To “Stop Crying Over Reconciliation.” “Harry Reid’s got a gift for hyperbole – and it keeps on giving. The Senate majority leader’s latest gem came in response to hints that Democrats might try to use the fast-track budget ‘reconciliation’ to bypass a Republican filibuster of President Obama’s health care plan. After advising Republicans on Tuesday to ’stop crying over reconciliation as if it’s never been done before,’ he ticked off a list of legislative feats he contends were accomplished through the filibuster-busting process: ‘Contract [with] America was done with reconciliation. Tax cuts, done with reconciliation. Medicare, done with reconciliation.’”(Jonathan Allen, “Hyperbolic Harry,” Politico’s “Live Pulse” Blog, 2/24/10)
FEBRUARY 25: Obama Health Reform Advisor Says The Door Is Open For Reconciliation. “Linda Douglass, the communications director of the White House Office of Health Reform, left reconciliation on the table as an option for passing a health care bill if Democrats and Republicans don’t reach consensus during Thursday’s summit. … ‘Certainly if that were not to be the case, he would be asking for a simple up or down majority vote and would certainly hope that the Republicans would not try to block that simple up or down majority vote.’”(Carol Lee & Patrick O’Connor, “Douglass Open To Reconciliation,”Politico’s “44″ Blog, 2/25/10)
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- Dem Leadership Planning To “Press Forward” With Reconciliation. “The top two Democrats on Capitol Hill said they would press forward on health overhaul legislation with or without bipartisan support, which would mean using a legislative process known as reconciliation. ‘We need to have the courage to get this job done, and we will,’ Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said after the meeting. She said she was hopeful that Republicans and Democrats would work together, but added she was ‘not overly optimistic.’” (Laura Meckler & Janet Adamy, ”More Talk, No Deal At Health Summit,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/25/10)
- Dems Believe Summit “Made Reconciliation An Easier Sell.” “House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on Thursday night said he believes that the White House healthcare summit has made reconciliation an easier sell to the American people… ‘I think one of the results of today’s meeting is that the American people fully understand that this bill needs to go forward with a majority,’ Waxman said. ‘I don’t think too many people are going to quibble if it involves reconciliation.’” (Jared Allen, “Waxman: Obama’s Summit Performance Has Made Reconciliation Easier,” The Hill, 2/25/10)
FEBRUARY 26: Dems “Will Move Forward” On Reconciliation “With Or Without Republican Support.” “President Obama declared Thursday that the time for debate over health-care reform has come to an end, closing an unusual seven-hour summit with congressional leaders by sending a clear message that Democrats will move forward to pass major legislation with or without Republican support. Democratic leaders face a heavy lift in reviving their stalled bill, a process that would involve intricate parliamentary maneuvering and carries no guarantee of success.” (Shailagh Murray & Anne E. Kornblut, “At Health Care Summit, Obama Tells Republicans He’s Eager To Move Ahead,” The Washington Post, 2/2 6/10)
- Dems Plan Reconciliation Push “Early Next Week.” “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.” (Mike Allen, “Exclusive: What Happens Next,” Politico, 2/25/10)
- Boston Globe: “The President And Democratic Leaders Appeared To Be Laying The Groundwork For An Attempt To Bypass Senate Republicans Using A Process Known As Budget Reconciliation, Which Allows Pas Sage Of Legislation With A 51-Vote Simple Majority.” (Lisa Wangsness & Susan Milligan, “Health Care Summit Underscores Divisions,” The Boston Globe, 2/26/10)Republican National Committee | 310 First Street, SE | Washington, D.C. 20003
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