Harry Wants Nancy To Kick The Football

February 3rd, 2010at 07:12am Posted by Eli


He has no idea how the Senate can pass a reconciliation sidecar fix before the House passes their first healthcare bill – no really – so the House will just have to pass it and hope for the best:

As for reconciliation, the Senate won’t go first.

“We can’t go first,” Reid said . “I don’t know how procedurally we can start reconciliation.”

But Reid acknowledged “that there is consideration of the House passing the reconciliation bill first, followed by the Senate.”  At that point, the House would pass the Senate health bill.

Sure, it’s not like there’s any kind of uncertainty about whether or not the Senate still has 51 votes for the public option, after all.

Fortunately, Nancy wasn’t born yesterday, and appears to be sick of being told what to vote for:

On the call, Pelosi was asked by a reporter whether the Senate would have to go first. “Yes,” she replied, twice, saying her members had repeatedly said they wouldn’t pass the Senate bill if it weren’t fixed before they were asked to vote on it.

Senate aides have privately expressed concern about this course of action being workable. “This is a whole bill that would amend another bill that hasn’t become law,” a senior Dem Senate aide told me yesterday. “How do we do reconciliation before the House passes the Senate bill?”

Some have dismissed the idea that this is a procedural obstacle, and on the call, Pelosi reiterated that she didn’t think it was a problem, saying it’s “not an obstacle,” though she didn’t elaborate. And she repeatedly stressed that the bill would get done.

I’m really really glad that Nancy is not falling for this, as I don’t think there’s anyone who believes that the reconciliation vote won’t encounter some kind of snag if the Senate bill gets passed without it.  I’d be even more glad if she were explicitly demanding that the reconciliation sidecar include the public option and remove the excise tax.

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