Thursday, March 04, 2010

Senator Suggests Obama May Avoid Reconciliation Fix, Simply Sign Senate Bill

NH Republican Judd Gregg may be on to something here:

Gregg, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, suggested that President Barack Obama may back off making changes to the Senate bill through the reconciliation process, which the White House and the Senate have said they would use to make changes to the Senate bill in order to placate House members.

"They're using reconciliation to pass the great big bill," Gregg said during an appearance on CNBC. "Once they pass the great big bill, I wouldn't be surprised if the White House didn't care if reconciliation passed. I mean, why would they?" {...}

"If you're in the House and you're saying, 'Well, I'm going to vote for this because I'm going to get a reconcilation bill,' I would think twice about that," Gregg said. "First because, procedurally, it's going to be hard to put a reconciliation bill through the Senate. Second because I'm not sure there's going to be a lot of energy to do it, from the president or his people."

"In my opinion, reconciliation is an exercise for buying votes, which, once they have the votes they really don't need it," he said.

Gregg has a pretty good idea of whom he speaks. If you remember, Gregg, who has a decent reputation for probity on both sides of the aisle was originally tapped by Obama to be his commerce secretary...until he quickly resigned after he found out that Obama had been, ummm, misspeaking a bit and was planning on hijacking the 2010 census and running it as a political operation out of the White House.

But that was then, and President Obama would never lie to the Democrat House members about fixing the Senate bill later just to ObamaCare through. Pinkie promise.

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