Now outside of the Catholic Church, the term was probably never used beyond of the Beltway.
But as we all understand now, it's the term used when legislation can pass in the Senate without being subject to filibuster. In other words, it only takes 51 votes for such a bill to pass.
Now with new GOP Senator Scott Brown preventing the Democrat super-majority of 60 votes, reconciliation is one of the best ways for the Dems to pass their Health Care Re-form bill. And Ben Nelson says he's ALL FOR THE MANEUVER OF RECONCILIATION.
What's that you say? "You can't mean Nebraska's Ben Nelson! Why he has said time and again that he is against the use of reconciliation for the health care bill!"
Oh really? You mean like:
“Nelson also suggested that he ultimately decided to support the Health Care bill, in part, to prevent Democratic leaders from using the budget reconciliation process — which only requires 51 votes for passage — to push a health care bill past the finish line.”
(“Nelson Blames Republican Governor For Health Care Compromise,” Roll Call, 12/20/09)
“Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, said Sunday that he would vote against using a tactic called reconciliation to push through a Health Care bill.”
(“Nelson: Bipartisanship A Must,” Omaha World Herald,9/28/09)
Sen. Ben Nelson: “If i might add one thing about that 50 votes, that reconciliation process, people in Nebraska are already concerned that we've been rushing things through, and if we went to some sort of a parliamentary shortcut, I think they would be even more alarmed than they are right now. That's what I heard during the town hall meetings.
(CNN’s “State Of The Union,” 9/6/09)
Sen. Ben Nelson: “That’s a deal-breaker. I don’t think it’s appropriate to determine the health-care delivery system, the changes that will be there, through the reconciliation process.”
(“Obama Budget Set for Debate Next Week in U.S. House and Senate,” Bloomberg, 03/27/09)
Sen. Ben Nelson on reconciliation: “Using this procedure would circumvent normal Senate practice and would be inconsistent with the administration’s stated goals of bipartisanship, cooperation, and openness.”Was that loud and clear enough for you?
(Letter to Sens. Conrad and Gregg, 3/12/09)
Yet now Nelson has POOF! changed his mind. Surprise! Hee hee hee.
From the wavering and dickering on the fence.
To last minute change on abortion language.
To the Cornhusker Kickback.
To the Double-Agent play.
And now, to the Triple-Lindy on reconciliation.
Thorton Mellon's flip-flops have nothing on Ben Nelson.
If you read this in a novel, you would laugh it off as too unrealistic.
This. Is. A. Joke.
As a local politico wrote to us after the SotU, "I know its only 2010, but there is NO coming back from this."
A bill has been proposed in the Tennessee Legislature:
"Ben Nelson Act to Ensure Political Integrity."It would,
...redefine the state’s definition of bribery to include circumstances in which elected officials agree to vote for or against legislation in exchange for special consideration for their districts.
You can't make this stuff up.