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Byrd Rule

Ryan Grim

Byrd Rule To Send Health Care Back To House, Rules Parliamentarian | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday morning in finding two flaws in the House-passed health care reconciliation package. Neither is of any sub...

Reconciliation, Explained

Kandie Stroud | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kandie Stroud

Unlike cloture, a procedure which allows the Senate to cut off debate with 60 votes, reconciliation does not guarantee a final vote. In reconciliation, Senators can offer an unlimited number of amendments.

Reconciliation Rules - Not Bipartisanship - Will Kill Health Care Reform

Rep. Jim Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim Cooper

Health care reform under reconciliation wouldn't be health care reform at all. It would be a deficit reduction bill relating to health care. Or a reform package with an expiration date.

Democrats Should Just Say No To Budget Filibusters

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A little-known rule in the Senate may dramatically change the balance of power between the parties during the upcoming budgetary process.