Chuck Schumer: We Should Still Look Seriously At 50-Vote Bill

11/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Tim Fernholz The American Prospect

Senator Chuck Schumer is the third-ranked Democrat in the Senate, one of the most prominent advocates for a public plan, and among the earliest Democrats to recognize that the ongoing negotiations with Senate Republicans had become a waste of time. I talked to him last night about the politics of health-care reform; an edited transcript follows. Earlier today, I spoke with Rep. Tom Perriello about some of the same issues. ...

Q: I'm curious, the leadership was trying to use reconciliation as way to force Republicans to the bargaining table. Do you think that failed and do you think reconciliation is still part of the plan?

A: I think we still have to look seriously at reconciliation because even with 60 Democrats, you know, if we're able to get somebody here from Massachusetts, it's not easy to do.

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