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Budget Reconciliation

GOP To Launch New Assault On Obamacare, Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Planned Parenthood and Obamacare are probably the two things the GOP hates most. House Republicans are targeting both this week with an ...

McConnell's Reconciliation

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm using the word "reconciliation" in a very specific rules-of-the-Senate fashion. Because McConnell just revealed to Politico how he intends to govern, should his party take control of the Senate in November -- and it appears that the previously-arcane "budget reconciliation" maneuver will figure heavily in his playbook.

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Bombs-Not-Bread Bill To Spare Military, Cut Food Aid | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday passed its plan to spare the military's growing budget from mandatory cuts, instead slashing Medicaid, benefits fo...

Arthur Delaney

Bombs Not Food: Republicans Aim To Save Military By Cutting Food Stamps | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican plan to reconcile the budget and preserve defense spending extracts even deeper cuts from programs to help the poo...

Jason Linkins

GOP Vows To Use Reconciliation To Repeal Health Care Reform, Will The Media Bless The Effort? | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.05.2011 | Media

TPM's Brian Beutler reports today that the GOP is mulling over whether to attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act using a parliamentary strategy tha...

Where Are We the People? Human Impacts vs. Budget Battles

Paul Kleyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Kleyman

My simple proposal is to impose on our political process a bit of policy analysis -- to go with standard budget analysis -- that I call the Human Impact Report.

Jason Linkins

RNC's Steele Calls Reconciliation A 'Parliamentary Trick' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story below includes references to polling conducted by the firm Research 2000. The reliability and accuracy of Research 2000's pol...

Can We Find Common Ground?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

I got to thinking about issues on the current political landscape on which I might find common ground. Here's the common ground I found with the Tea Party.

Jason Linkins

Chris Matthews Is Just Not Ever Going To Admit He Was Wrong About Budget Reconciliation | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Not long ago, we all took a trip in the Hot Tub Time Machine to that time MSNBC's Chris Matthews made all sorts of mocking assertions to Representativ...

Media Scare Tactics: Do They Create Controversy in the Guise of News for the Sake of Ratings?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

Is that the media's job? To invent scenarios that are for the most part implausible just to give them the excuse to have another ten minute panel discussion?

Student Aid: The Future of Educated Youth in America

Katie Naranjo | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Katie Naranjo

As students organize for affordable college, it looks like Democratic leaders in the Senate intend to incorporate the student lending package (SAFRA) into the budget reconciliation vote.

Health Care U.S.A.: A Half-Century of Fear, Morality, Lobbying, and Defeat Gets Its Vote

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

It is hard to fathom it's come this close, and if a Health Care Reform Bill becomes law this week, than this is what the Barack Obama administration will take into history as its legacy.

Obama, Durbin and Pelosi All Point Fingers at Someone Else for Killing Public Option

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

It's all Kabuki theater to cover up the truth that President Obama made a backroom deal with the for-profit hospital industry that the final health care bill would not include a national public option.

Jason Linkins

Kent Conrad's Repeated Explanation Of Budget Reconciliation Not Good Enough For Mike Allen | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

No discussion of the media's ongoing battle to understand basic seventh-grade civics would be complete without enjoying Jonathan Chait's post in which...

Jason Linkins

Let's Flashback To That Time Chris Matthews Was Crazy Wrong About Parliamentary Procedure [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Here's something fun you can do with the YouTube Time Machine today! You can go back to January 23rd of this year and watch MSNBC's Chris Matthews be...

Weekly Pulse: Obama to Push for Reconciliation

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Today, President Barack Obama will deliver a speech to Congress outlining his plan to move forward on ...

Kent Conrad Bashes Media Portrayal Of Reconciliation, Defends Passage Of Health Reform

Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with me just now, Senator Kent Conrad tore into the media for repeatedly botching its reporting on reconciliation, and confirmed that ...

Jason Linkins

Alexander: Budget Reconciliation Will 'End The Senate' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Anyone who has observed the goings-on in the U.S. Senate for the past couple of decades can tell you that the budget reconciliation process is a commo...

Friday Talking Points [113] -- Republican Reconciliation Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the dust settles on the aftermath of the health reform summit, not much has changed. Not that anyone really expected anything to change, much, to be honest.

Filibuster Solved

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

1974, the Senate approved the reconciliation rule by a vote of 80-0. No amendment to the rule has been suggested in thirty-five years. So why do republicans oppose it now?

Now or Never

Dylan Loewe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Loewe

When Democrats needed a pep talk and reassurance, they didn't get any. Now, in the midst of a growing skepticism, the president has only one weapon in his arsenal that can restore that confidence: Action.

Weekly Pulse: Obama to Promote Health Plan at Summit

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

Weekly Pulse: Obama to Promote Health Plan at SummitBy Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger On Monday, the White House released its plan for h...

Sam Stein

GOP Summit Attendees Supported Reconciliation For Past Projects | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican leadership is prepping a full-fledged assault on Democratic lawmakers for the possibility that they will pass health care legislation throu...

Jason Linkins

The War On Budget Reconciliation, Part Deux | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The battle lines over the use of the budget reconciliation process have been drawn for a long time. Back in October, Republicans were referring to the...

Friday Talking Points [112] -- Public Option's Last Stand

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we begin here, I'd like to humbly propose a new law. No American television station should be allowed to have an exclusive contract for any Ol...