Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Republican Way

Republican Senator Judd Gregg, from an excellent post by Mad Kane:

When Republicans had the majority:

“The point, of course, is this: If you have 51 votes for your position, you win,” Gregg told his Senate colleagues on the floor.

He added, “Reconciliation is a rule of the Senate (that) has been used before for purposes exactly like this on numerous occasions… Is there something wrong with majority rules? I don’t think so.”

Now that Dems have the majority:

"Gregg (N.H.), the senior Republican on the Budget Committee, told the Hill in a recent interview that Republicans will wage a vicious fight if Democrats try to....use a budget maneuver to pass a trillion dollar healthcare plan with a simple majority.

Gregg said that Republicans could file “hundreds” of points of order objections to the bill, each one requiring 60 votes to waive.

“We are very much engaged in taking a hard look at our rights under reconciliation,” Gregg said. “It would be very contentious.”

Bipartisanship in action. You've got to love it.

1 comment:

Derek said...

Gregg referring to a majority ruling using reconciliation for its intended purpose: budget and spending issues.

The Democrats are trying to use it for the healthcare overhaul. That is malarkey.