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Sen. Gregg Defends Budget Reconciliation 2005

February 26, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

This 2005 floor speech on using budget reconciliation for passing ANWR oil drilling by Sen. Judd Gregg [R, NH] is actually a really strong defense of the Democrats’ finishing their health care reform bill with the budget reconciliation process:

“If you have 51 votes for your position, you win.”

Health care reform was included by Congress in their current budget resolution. As Gregg says, “reconciliation is a rule of the Senate.” It is designed to let Congress pass legislation that is included in their annual budget resolution.

(h/t Ezra Klein)

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  • Truthdragon 02/26/2010 3:13pm
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    Senator Judd HAS BEEN VERY DISHONEST. Compare what he said in 2005 about Reconciliation, when about to use it for a GOP bill to drill oil, with what he told Greta Van Sustern today, below, because Republicans are now trying to force Minority rule by 1) Filibuster, then 2) condition public opinion to try stop their lawful use of Reconciliation.

    “…a railroading of the system. It’s basically saying no amendments..
    And the purpose of reconciliation is to basically adjust the budget numbers in order to correct inconsistencies between spending and what your budget says.

    “Reconciliation, in my experience, has been used three times, and twice it was done in a bipartisan way. And once it was done on tax reductions that President Bush put in place. But you’ve got to remember that’s adjusting rates, you know? And adjusting rates is a fairly clean event, as far as the policy involved and as far as what the issues are..


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    justamick 03/01/2010 4:00am

    You know what? Both sides do it. Doesnt make it right, but never the less both sides do it.

    In two, or four or six years when the GOP have control of the Senate but not a fillerbuster majority, they will try the same antics to get their legislation through. Guess what? There is going to be a notable Democrat that is going to do the same thing Sen Gregg did when talking to Greta Van Sustern. Mark my words.

    I do agree with you, we deserve a trustworthy Congress representing us. Problem is voters keep putting them into office.

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