Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thickening Plot in the US Senate

The budget resolution being drafted by
Senate Democrats will include reconciliation instructions, according to
Democrats briefed on the matter.
The reconciliation instructions, which allow legislation to move through the upper chamber with a simple majority instead of 60 votes, will be included
          to ease the passage of deficit reduction measures, according to Democrats on
          the Senate Budget Committee.

But the reconciliation language could
also be used to pass the extension of expiring tax cuts, job-creation measures
and energy legislation, according to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.).
It could also be used for any number of legislative items on dems wish list, even a Public Option for HCR. So long as it is budget related. Good sign though that Senate dems are planning for the certainty that the GOP will block whatever they try to pass, no matter if it is good for the country, or not. Stay tuned