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Sen. Gregg Defends Budget Reconciliation ...in 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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